Synopses & Reviews
A vintage look at life in America, seen from the eyes of one of the worldand#8217;s most famous elephants and freshly reissued for a new generation
Originally published in 1965, Babar Comes to America is one of Laurent de Brunhoffand#8217;s most popular books, and it is in print again for the first time in many years. Babar, king of the elephants, receives an invitation to meet with the president of the United Statesand#151;the perfect excuse for a family vacation! None of the elephants have been to America before, so Babar packs up his family and sets off to see the sights.
From the hustle and bustle of New York to the wide open spaces of the Grand Canyon, from riding streetcars in San Francisco to fishing on Lake Michigan, Babar and his family experience America in all its glory and splendor.
With Laurent de Brunhoffand#8217;s thoughtful observations and lovable characters, which have made Babar a household name since 1931, this nostalgic look at the USA more than thirty years ago will captivate young readers as they marvel at how much has changed, while adults will take a trip down memory lane and see sights, signs, and more that had been forgotten.
"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.
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 Celesteand#8217;s children are all grown up, and romance is in the air. Babarand#8217;s 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.
Babarand#8217;s Celesteville Games is a grand tale about sportsmanship, love, and diversity.
Praise for Babar's Celesteville Games
and#8220;From a franchise as sturdy as an elephantand#8217;s memory comes explicit international goodwill. The bookand#8217;s appeal lies in these calmingly recognizable characters participating in Olympic sports and a mixed marriage.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
Celebrate Babar as he celebrates America!
An all-new Babar book featuring photos of the USA collaged with original Babar illustrations for an exciting tour of modern America
In a new picture book featuring the internationally beloved and bestselling Babar, the lovable elephant and his family travel across the United States. Using collageand#151;watercolor illustrations were pasted onto digital photographsand#151;to put the characters directly into real-life scenes, Laurent de Brunhoff takes Babar and his family around the country to see the sights, from New York, where they see such icons as the Brooklyn Bridge and FAO Schwarz; to Memphis, Tennessee, where they see Graceland; to Key West, Florida, where they enjoy the beach; to Wyoming, where they see Yellowstone National Park; and to California, where they see the La Brea Tar Pits, the Golden Gate Bridge, and more; and to everywhere in between.
and#160;The innovative format and clever design are perfect complements to the reissue of Babar Comes to America. Readers new and familiar will revisit this volume to see the sights and will be inspired to pack their trunks and head out across the country.
About the Author
Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar and his family alive for more than 50 years. Originally created by Laurentand#8217;s mother as a bedtime story, Babar the elephant first came to life through the art of Laurentand#8217;s father, Jean de Brunhoff, who produced seven books about the character before his untimely death. Building on his fatherand#8217;s original framework, Laurent has gone on to provide many new adventures for the elephant family while giving them new spirit through his use of line and color. Laurent de Brunhoff lives in Connecticut with his wife, writer Phyllis Rose.