Babar's Counting Book

Babar's Counting Book

by Laurent de Brunhoff
     
 

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Learn to count from 1 to 20 with the King of Elephants!

Babar, the beloved, best-selling elephant king, is back—and he's ready to help young readers master counting from 1 to 20. Ever the good father (and the good teacher), he lets his children, Pom, Flora, and Alexander master 1 to 10 on their own. During a walk with Zephir the monkey,

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Learn to count from 1 to 20 with the King of Elephants!

Babar, the beloved, best-selling elephant king, is back—and he's ready to help young readers master counting from 1 to 20. Ever the good father (and the good teacher), he lets his children, Pom, Flora, and Alexander master 1 to 10 on their own. During a walk with Zephir the monkey, they spy one maribou bird, two hot-air balloons in the sky, three race cars...

Then Babar personally teaches his children—and his young readers—to count to 20. At the end of the book, there is a special reward—a Royal Certificate that affirms the new skill: "I, Babar, King of the Elephants, do hereby proclaim that you have learned to count to 20."

Babar's Counting Book, first published in 1986, continues to delight youngsters—and to show them that numbers are all around them.

Author Biography: Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar and his family alive for more than 50 years, in more than 30 classic books. He and his wife, author Phyllis Rose, live in Connecticut.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two of Laurent de Brunhoff's tales of Babar, originally created by his father, Jean de Brunhoff, are available once more: Babar's Counting Book (1986), in which Babar counts from "1 big bird" to 10 storks flying overhead (the penultimate spread extends the fun to 20 elephants); and Babar and his family take a rocket past the moon and Mars to an uncharted destination covered with caramel in Babar Visits Another Planet (1972). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like so many concept books, Babar's Counting Book exploits a popular character's appeal to sell children (and their parents) on an educational tool. Any child who is already hooked on Babar will naturally be drawn to the book, but it doesn't represent de Brunhoff's best work. The textwhich inexplicably changes tenses twiceis uninspired. (Babar's children go for a walk and count one bird, two balloons, three race cars, etc.) Although the elephant and his extended family are always delightful to look at, de Brunhoff doesn't appear to have given these illustrations a great deal of thought, and the colors look washed out.
School Library Journal
A pedestrian counting book. In this oversized book, Babar sends his three children and their friend to count everything they see. They count birds, balloons, hippos, alligators, etc., until they have counted to ten. Babar then shows them how to count to 20. The watercolor illustrations are pleasant, the colors clear and pleasing, but there are many better counting books available. Mary Jane Kibby, Amherst Public Library, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810942431
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.12(w) x 12.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

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