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Such joy in Celesteville! Babar and Celeste have had triplets. The smallest, Alexander, has a knack for getting into predicaments. Between getting stuck in the treetops and being chased by a crocodile, he certainly keeps Babar on his toes, but the king readily admits, “Truly it is not easy to bring up a family, but how nice the babies are!” The fifth Babar story is a wonde Such joy in Celesteville! Babar and Celeste have had triplets. The smallest, Alexander, has a knack for getting into predicaments. Between getting stuck in the treetops and being chased by a crocodile, he certainly keeps Babar on his toes, but the king readily admits, “Truly it is not easy to bring up a family, but how nice the babies are!” The fifth Babar story is a wonderful and heartwarming salute to parenthood which every Mom and Dad will appreciate.


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Such joy in Celesteville! Babar and Celeste have had triplets. The smallest, Alexander, has a knack for getting into predicaments. Between getting stuck in the treetops and being chased by a crocodile, he certainly keeps Babar on his toes, but the king readily admits, “Truly it is not easy to bring up a family, but how nice the babies are!” The fifth Babar story is a wonde Such joy in Celesteville! Babar and Celeste have had triplets. The smallest, Alexander, has a knack for getting into predicaments. Between getting stuck in the treetops and being chased by a crocodile, he certainly keeps Babar on his toes, but the king readily admits, “Truly it is not easy to bring up a family, but how nice the babies are!” The fifth Babar story is a wonderful and heartwarming salute to parenthood which every Mom and Dad will appreciate.

30 review for Babar and His Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Royal pachyderms Babar and Celeste become parents to triplets in this sixth original Babar picture-book from Jean de Brunhoff, originally published in 1938 as Babar en famille. As Babar paces and frets, finally going on a bicycle ride, the queen delivers not one, not two, but three little elephants, much to the joy of Babar, and all the other residents of Celesteville. Naming their offspring Alexander, Pom and Flora, the proud parents embark on an adventure of a different kind, finding that keep Royal pachyderms Babar and Celeste become parents to triplets in this sixth original Babar picture-book from Jean de Brunhoff, originally published in 1938 as Babar en famille. As Babar paces and frets, finally going on a bicycle ride, the queen delivers not one, not two, but three little elephants, much to the joy of Babar, and all the other residents of Celesteville. Naming their offspring Alexander, Pom and Flora, the proud parents embark on an adventure of a different kind, finding that keeping their little ones safe - from rattles, cliffs and alligators - is a full-time job. Still, as Babar observes at the end, "how nice the babies are! I wouldn't know how to get along without them any more..." I found this entry in the series quite amusing, although I suspect that this was not the intent of its creator. Some of the parenting issues felt rather outdated to me (not surprising given the publication date), but then, I also found some of the adventures rather sweet. The artwork is charming, as usual - I find de Brunhoff's stylized elephants quite appealing, visually speaking - and there is nothing to offend, as there was in The Travels of Babar . I'm still not a great Babar fan, but Babar and His Children, along with its direct predecessor, Babar and Zephir , seems like one of the better offerings, when it comes to this character.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Carpenter

    I love these problematic elephants.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Todd

    This book was for the kids and they liked it to bits they thought it was the best story ever.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    #44 in my 365 Kids Books challenge and multi-year effort to get Goodreads to fix the Top Readers, etc. lists. For a fuller explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf. Now Babar is colonizing his wife. I am a tad concerned about the accidents for Alexander and Flora: I fear primogeniture encourages murder. Interesting how thoroughly Babar picked up a foreign culture and how quickly he's disseminated it, down to nuances like appropr #44 in my 365 Kids Books challenge and multi-year effort to get Goodreads to fix the Top Readers, etc. lists. For a fuller explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf. Now Babar is colonizing his wife. I am a tad concerned about the accidents for Alexander and Flora: I fear primogeniture encourages murder. Interesting how thoroughly Babar picked up a foreign culture and how quickly he's disseminated it, down to nuances like appropriate baby gifts. Wonder where one finds a perambulator on a scale to hold three toddler elephants, which is probably immediately after birth if they're still like quadrupeds and haven't become incapable humans with a little culture. Now I'm remembering why I didn't ever buy these. Sometimes books are classics because they're good, and sometimes because they were just around, like the way I feel about decades of pop songs. I don't love them, I never did, but I do know the words and I will sing along in the car if I was not wise enough to make other arrangements. Library copy

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    Ages: 5 - 9 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website! Ages: 5 - 9 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    Babar is a product of its (british colonialist, racist, sexist) time. I shouldn't hold that against it. But having the chickens show up at Babar's baby shower bearing, as a gift for the new family, baskets of their own eggs.... that is strongly fucked up Babar is a product of its (british colonialist, racist, sexist) time. I shouldn't hold that against it. But having the chickens show up at Babar's baby shower bearing, as a gift for the new family, baskets of their own eggs.... that is strongly fucked up

  7. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Mason

    I loved this book as a child and still think it is great, but I was disappointed by the new translation in this edition. Instead of the funny "Alessander's gone bump!" they had a feeble call for mummy. Shame on you publishers! I loved this book as a child and still think it is great, but I was disappointed by the new translation in this edition. Instead of the funny "Alessander's gone bump!" they had a feeble call for mummy. Shame on you publishers!

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

    I like this book because Babar thought he was gonna have A baby, but instead he had 3 instead of 1. And the cannon went 1, 2, 3, and Babar was worried, so he rushed home. THE END

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Nealen

    Babar’s and Celeste’s triplets arrive on the scene. Of course, there is eventually some mischief!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Book collector

    Read as a child, and then read the later books to nephews and nieces. Never fails to entertain. Charming.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    To Come

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I forgot how short these are!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Fann-Tucker

    Children’s Classic

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Babar and Celeste are terrible parents.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Not a Babar fan...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Babar and his queen Celeste are having a baby, turns out to be three. Pom, Flora and Alexander are growing. Flora swallows a rattle, luckily Zephir gets the rattle out to save her. Arthur, the big brother, lets go of the carriage and Alexander almost flies into a deep ravine, luckily the squirrels and the giraffe saves him. Then Alexander almost floats into a crocodile, luckily Babar saves him. The babies snug in bed and Babar and Celeste have time to think how lucky they are that everyone is fi Babar and his queen Celeste are having a baby, turns out to be three. Pom, Flora and Alexander are growing. Flora swallows a rattle, luckily Zephir gets the rattle out to save her. Arthur, the big brother, lets go of the carriage and Alexander almost flies into a deep ravine, luckily the squirrels and the giraffe saves him. Then Alexander almost floats into a crocodile, luckily Babar saves him. The babies snug in bed and Babar and Celeste have time to think how lucky they are that everyone is fine. Cute story but there is several times that it gets confusing. They used a different word to describe the baby carriage, they made a reference to a rabbit we knew nothing about, the squirrels seemed to enjoy ticking little Alexander and the ducks would only help retrieve the crown and hat, not the baby elephant out of the middle of the lake. Overall a cute story but the flow of the storyline was broken by some of these petty things.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I wanted to read, and possibly own, collections of classic children's stories. I know I've been read Babar before, at least I am familiar with him, but I don't remember how they sounded. I didn't enjoy reading this book. What might have been a fun story, the narrative didn't not do much to capture my interest. I also took issue with the page that shows Queen Celeste hearing her new triplets are not gaining weight properly and need to be supplemented. What was the point of that part? The next pag I wanted to read, and possibly own, collections of classic children's stories. I know I've been read Babar before, at least I am familiar with him, but I don't remember how they sounded. I didn't enjoy reading this book. What might have been a fun story, the narrative didn't not do much to capture my interest. I also took issue with the page that shows Queen Celeste hearing her new triplets are not gaining weight properly and need to be supplemented. What was the point of that part? The next page was almost as unfortunate. One child is given a rattle. She plays with it, twirling with her trunk, puts it in her mouth, and then swallows it! Why is the rattle not safe for this child to play with? I think these days, we are so concerned with every possible safety issue, that children have less freedom to roam and learn. That being said, however true, it might not apply to this scene which is foolishly dangerous no matter what time we're in.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I used to think Babar was just silly, but while I still think that in some ways, I can better appreciate some of it. The details given and the story lines can be fun. While the stories may be somewhat absurd they are still sort of interesting, and the vocabulary is more engaging than that of many children's books. This one might be my favorite of the ones I've read. I'm partial to stories about family life, I guess (can't imagine why). I just read it again to Abraham, who loves it, and as it nee I used to think Babar was just silly, but while I still think that in some ways, I can better appreciate some of it. The details given and the story lines can be fun. While the stories may be somewhat absurd they are still sort of interesting, and the vocabulary is more engaging than that of many children's books. This one might be my favorite of the ones I've read. I'm partial to stories about family life, I guess (can't imagine why). I just read it again to Abraham, who loves it, and as it needs to go back to the library I'm going to write down a couple quotes from it. "Oh, how hard it is to wait for one's heart's desire!" (7) "'Truly it is not easy to bring up a family,' sighs Babar. 'But how nice the babies are! I wouldn't know how to get along without them any more'" (40).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Skylar Burris

    The language is very formal, and the vocabulary quite advanced for a "modern child," and I was a little surprised that my daughter sat through the entire thing without getting restless, and without asking the meaning of any words. I think little kids understand more in context than we parents are sometimes apt to give them credit for. I remember liking these books as a kid; I just don't recall them being quite so formal. The language is very formal, and the vocabulary quite advanced for a "modern child," and I was a little surprised that my daughter sat through the entire thing without getting restless, and without asking the meaning of any words. I think little kids understand more in context than we parents are sometimes apt to give them credit for. I remember liking these books as a kid; I just don't recall them being quite so formal.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Raja99

    This is another book I've read several times, though I'm not sure we owned it when I was young. I've read it to our five-year-old as well. I'm dropping one star from my rating because the book is kinda scary; the children face horrible deaths three times because they're allowed to wander unsupervised! Yes, I understand that it's dramatic license, but I still find it appalling. This is another book I've read several times, though I'm not sure we owned it when I was young. I've read it to our five-year-old as well. I'm dropping one star from my rating because the book is kinda scary; the children face horrible deaths three times because they're allowed to wander unsupervised! Yes, I understand that it's dramatic license, but I still find it appalling.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Seth Lebaron

    This is a little story about and elephant king and his subjects, but the story is centered around the elephants kings newly growing family. I am not sure how to uses this in any lesson plan, for it is just truly a story. I would use this book probably as a story I would just read to the class for fun.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I re-read this last night after borrowing it from the library. We have a copy of the earlier edition at my parents' place. It's still as gorgeous as I remembered it, with just the small misfortune of the hand-letering being replaced with fake hand-lettering, which takes away one star worth of charm and delight. I re-read this last night after borrowing it from the library. We have a copy of the earlier edition at my parents' place. It's still as gorgeous as I remembered it, with just the small misfortune of the hand-letering being replaced with fake hand-lettering, which takes away one star worth of charm and delight.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Murphy Daley

    Okay in my version of this book the text is way too small for comfortable dim light bedtime reading. The story is intricate and most of the time i skip half the sentences. Babar is of course delightful, and these books by the original author jean de brunhoff are a time capsule for colonial values. The anthropomorphic animals are adorable though

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    ugh. i remember not being particularly fond of babar as a kid, and now i know why. the stories are long, obnoxiously wordy (try explaining this stuff to a 3 year old) and just blah. and sorry, but all the hideous things that happen to his children aren't amusing, they're just disturbing. ugh. i remember not being particularly fond of babar as a kid, and now i know why. the stories are long, obnoxiously wordy (try explaining this stuff to a 3 year old) and just blah. and sorry, but all the hideous things that happen to his children aren't amusing, they're just disturbing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stven

    Charmingly illustrated as usual, but I have the sense we are wandering about a bit, story-wise, now that all our characters are established. Still a nice cautionary tale about the mischief unattended children tend to get into.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Another of Caoimhe's favorites, although I find it terrifying that the children in the story come close to violent death on a number of occasions. I guess life for elephant triplets was pretty rough in the 1800's. Another of Caoimhe's favorites, although I find it terrifying that the children in the story come close to violent death on a number of occasions. I guess life for elephant triplets was pretty rough in the 1800's.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert J

    The Babar books are all excellent. Beautifully written with illustrations that are endearing. My copy is a 1966 hardbound copy in pristine condition and I consider it a valuable part of my children's collection. The Babar books are all excellent. Beautifully written with illustrations that are endearing. My copy is a 1966 hardbound copy in pristine condition and I consider it a valuable part of my children's collection.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I personally like the illustrations in the Babar series. I read many to my son when he was a child.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Drifloon

    ok

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tommyb

    Fiction,Children's fiction Fiction,Children's fiction

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