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.
This newest book in the beloved series is sure to delight longtime fans as well as new readers. Babar and his family are enjoying a relaxing ocean cruise when a sudden, violent storm whisks them far away from Celesteville. Shipwrecked on a desert island, they meet fabulous creatures as they explore their temporary home. Readers will appreciate the tropical localeandmdash;rendered in de Brunhoffandrsquo;s trademark lush watercolorsandmdash;as much as Babar and his family do while they await their eventual rescue. Fans both old and new will love spending time with Babar, Celeste, their kids, and the Old Lady in this charming tale on the high seas.
Praise for Babar on Paradise Island
andquot;This charming offering will not disappoint young fans eager for more elephant fun.andquot;
--School Library Journal
andquot;Well-suited to reading aloud, this colorful, large-format picture book continues the timeless adventures of this elephant king and his amiable companions.andquot;
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.