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Babar and Father Christmas [Paperback]

Jean De Brunhoff
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7 Jan 2008 Babar
Babar and Father Christmas is the perfect gift for the Babar fan. The exquisite Babar stories have charmed readers around the world for 70 years. All books are illustrated in full colour, with Jean de Brunhoff's original drawings.

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (7 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405238224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405238229
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A large format facsimile edition with hand-written lettering--a feature of the original French editions--captures the essence of the original version of this timeless classic. Babar hears that his children have written to Father Christmas, but have had no reply. Babar decides to ask Father Christmas to come to the land of the elephants to give all the children presents. But first, he has to find him. With the help of an old book and a little dog, Babar at last discovers where the real Father Christmas lives. After a long, cold journey through the snow, Babar meets Father Christmas and invites him for a holiday. When Christmas comes, Father Christmas has a special surprise for Babar. --Philippa Reece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste," writes A. A. Milne in his preface to "The Story of Babar". "And if you have never loved elephants, you will love them now."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful illustrations 25 Feb 2012
By sam
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I bought this as a gift for my god daughter who was completely thrilled. The illustrations are completely charming and the narrative is enchanting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Father Christmas 24 Nov 2001
By Terrie - Published on Amazon.com
This book was originally published in 1940 and the end notes tell us that it was the last one written by Jean de Brunhoff before his untimely death at age 37. The story and line drawings were finished but the illustrations still needed to be colored. Jean's brother took care of that with the help of Jean's son who was only 12 years old when his father died. I like the fact that Jean's son had a hand in the coloring of this wonderful story of a father's love and special efforts on behalf of his children at Christmastime.
This book has all the lively and humorous characteristics of the other Babar the Elephant stories, the brightly colored, warm and friendly drawings of our beloved elephant royalty, the antics and adventures of the elephants themselves and of course, our hero, King Babar once again, saving the day, in this book, a most important day, Christmas!
Arthur, Pom, Flora and Alexander, the royal elephant children , together with their monkey pal, Zephir, write Father Christmas a wish list letter and are disappointed when they don't get a reply. This ultimately leads to Babar's realization that the Elephants' Country needs to be included in Santa's regular route, so he goes to heroic lengths to make his childrens' wishes come true. Babar and Father Christmas become fast friends and Father Christmas even gets to take a much needed rest in the tropical climate of Babar's country. The way de Brunhoff has drawn Father Christmas is quirky and jolly and rather different from the image we have of him today but entirely captures the essence of this wonderful holiday icon. If you have loved other Babar stories or if this is your first, you are sure to love it and make it a part of your Christmas tradition.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Babar and Father Christmas- Our Favorite christmas story. 30 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Babar and Father Christmas is such a wondeerful Christmas Story. Santa Claus Gave us a copy for christmas a long time ago. In this book, Babar's Children heard about father christmas from somebody. They write him a letter and ask him to come to Celestesville. Father Christmas forgot to write back, so King Babar goes to man's country and looks for him, finally finds him at the north pole. We want to buy a copy as a gift. Please ask the publisher to reprint it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babar and Father Christmas 31 Aug 2009
By Sylvia Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
This is a hard cover book with simple and beautiful illustrations. Although it was written a long while ago,it has a charming storyline about the elephant kingdom receiving gifts from Father Christmas. Suitable for sharing with youngsters of any age.Babar and Father Christmas
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless children's story 3 July 2014
By Jane Pride - Published on Amazon.com
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Another favorite from my years of teaching. Who doesn't love the Babar stories. Doesn't have to be read just at Christmas time.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! 3 Jan 2014
By Tracy Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book for children at Christmas. I remember reading this as a child and loving it. Classic.
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