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Babar the Artist - Laurent de Brunhoff

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Laurent de Brunhoff / Hardcover / 20 Pages / Book is published 1972-06-08 by Methuen young books

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      18.04.2010 21:12
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      Timeless children's classic

      I still like to pick up the books of my childhood every so often and have a wee cosy down Nostalgia Lane.

      Are you familiar with Babar? He is an elephant who likes to wear a green suit and resides in a world with his fellow elephants and a monkey called Zephir.

      I remember watching Babar on television, which I am convinced was life size puppets, or people in Babar suits. Anyone I have spoken to about it tell me it is animated. Let me know if anyone else remembers it being life size puppets.

      Anyway back to the book. This cost a whole 40 New Pence back in the day. This might have been slightly after the price would have been given as 8 shillings or thereabouts.

      My copy is from the Little Babar Books series (number 18 in fact), and published by Methuen Children's books.

      It tells the story of the day of Babar's birthday. He is given a painting kit and decides to become an artist. After a few unsuccesful attempts at home he gets a little narked that things aren't going to plan and decides to take off to the countryside to be a landscape artist and the plot takes another turn there.

      I loved these books as a kid. They are simple and should be enjoyed by children these days. They are illustrated beautifully and simply. I never noticed as a child, but it would seem these books are loaded with political incorrectness. For the adult who spots this, it will do no harm to explain anything awkward to their children.

      I've just read through this particular story and can't see anything glaringly 'wrong' with it, though if I was to go clutching at straws I could find something.

      I'd say introduce your children to Babar, and if you are concerned with any PC issues, be the responsible parent and explain things to your children.

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