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Babar's Celesteville Gamesby Laurent De Brunhoff
Synopses & Reviews
Babar and his family are thrilled that Celesteville is hosting the Games! This is their chance to see the best athletes from all over the world compete and to meet new people from other countries. Everyone is wide-eyed as gymnasts fly through the air, divers make a splash, and cyclists race to the finish line!
In addition, Babar and Celestes children are all grown up, and romance is in the air. Babars daughter, Flora, likes to watch the handsome pole-vaulter Cory, from the country of Mirza. One day the two meet in the park, and love soon follows. When Cory asks Flora to marry him, everyone must come together to help them have a magnificent Mirzi wedding.
Babars Celesteville Games is a grand tale about sportsmanship, love, and diversity.
Praise for Babar's Celesteville Games
“From a franchise as sturdy as an elephants memory comes explicit international goodwill. The books appeal lies in these calmingly recognizable characters participating in Olympic sports and a mixed marriage.” -Kirkus Reviews
"Olympics-style games have come to Celesteville, and Babar's children ('now grown up') watch various animals compete. When an elephant pole vaulter from Mirza catches Flora's eye, the games become a backdrop for their courtship. Though Flora and Cory come from different cultures, Babar declares: 'I think it is love.... And I think it will be good for all of us.' De Brunhoff incorporates modern details into his gentle, ink-outlined watercolors: Flora meets Cory's parents via video chat, and when Cory arranges for a skywritten proposal ('Flora, marry me'), the self-assured Flora inquires, 'Is that a question or an order?' The athletic, romantic, and cross-cultural themes make this an unusual but satisfying addition to the beloved series. All ages. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar alive for more than sixty years. Babar first came to life through the art of Laurents father, and Laurent has continued to create adventures for the elephant family. He and his wife, Phyllis, split their time between New York City and Key West, Florida.
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