Babar's Birthday Surprise by Laurent De Brunhoff

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Beginning in Spring 2001, Abrams began to reissue the backlist of original Laurent de Brunhoff Babar stories. For Spring 2002, Abrams presents Babar's Battle and Babar's Birthday Surprise. Both books are reproduced from the original artwork. All of Celesteville is busy preparing for the birthday celebration for King Babar. Queen Celeste has asked Podular, a talented sculptor, to carve a giant statue of Babar into the side of the mountain. Podular gets to work right away, careful not to let Babar discover the gift. He asks Cesarine the giraffe, along with a pair of friendly birds, to warn him if anyone is coming. Will Celeste succeed in keeping Babar's birthday surprise a secret? Over thirty years after its original publication in 1970, Babar's Birthday Surprise continues to illustrate to young readers the joy of planning a thoughtful surprise for a special friend.
 

About Laurent De Brunhoff

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Laurent de Brunhoff is a writer and illustrator. He is the son of Jean de Brunhoff, the original creator of the character Babar.
 
Published August 12, 1970 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 38 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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More Babar Abrams is reissuing a quartet of Babar titles by Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Babar creator Jean de Brunhoff. First published in 1970, Babar's Birthday Surprise chronicles the attempts of

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In this adventure within an adventure, Babar is kidnapped while on a camping trip with his youngest daughter, Isabelle.

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This is her story, an account of her birth, cradle days, sitting-at-the-dining-table days, walking days, skating days and then running away.

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(Sept.)FYI:An exhibition of the book's original art will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Public Library and to additional cities to be announced.

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Babar's Little Girl (1987) begins with the birth of Babar and Celeste's new baby, Isabelle, and follows her through her first big adventure, in which the family thinks she's lost, but Isabelle knows right where she is.

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Two of Laurent de Brunhoff's tales of Babar, originally created by his father, Jean de Brunhoff, are available once more: Babar's Counting Book (1986), in which Babar counts from ""1 big bird"" to 10 storks flying overhead (the penultimate spread extends the fun to 20 elephants);

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In Babar's Book of Color, the hero's children and nephew learn their colors in Babar's studio, mixing paints while making portraits of appropriately hued animals, vegetables and other objects.

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More Babar Abrams is reissuing a quartet of Babar titles by Laurent de Brunhoff, son of Babar creator Jean de Brunhoff.

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