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Babar and Father Christmas (Babar #7)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  390 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 25th 2001 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1940)
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A strange little tale of how Babar solves the Santa problem in the land of the elephants. In typically French fashion the story rambles along with interesting little asides like: "Celeste would have liked to go with him, but Babar told her that it would be better if she stayed and ruled the country in his absence, and that mysterious people often did not like to be approached by several people at once." There are lovely little observations like: "One always feels better after a good wash." And " ...more
My favourite illustration in BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS is the double page (pp. 30-31) cross-section drawing of Father Christmas' house under the snow, up in the mountains, "about twelve miles from PRJMNESWE." Recently, when I first saw the cross-section drawings of the underground cities of Cappodocia in Turkey, my first thought was their resemblance to this drawing of Father Christmas' home and workrooms by Jean de Brunhoff. The book was drawn before Brunhoff's death in 1937, and first publish ...more
Ever since I took Russian in middle school I have had a hard time reading cursive. My teacher taught the language primarily in cursive, so let's just say things get confusing when I'm reading and I think a w sounds like sh or b sounds like v. Anyway, my copy is in cursive, which is fine because cursive is rather pretty. On page 21 I stumbled upon this passage, and it goes:

"You book is very difficult to read. It is written in old style gothic letters."
Oh, Professor Willam Jones, I feel your pain
Pretty cute, but a little long for the content. It meanders

I thought I had read all the Babar books when I was younger, but this was unfamiliar and I did not remember Brunhoff writing in the present tense.
I admit, I've never quite known what to think about Babar. (Not to mention how to correctly say his name. My husband and I have had hundreds of two arguments about whether it is Ba BAR' [me] or BAB' ar [he].) There is something unaffected about the simplistic colorful drawings and the stylish up-right pachyderm family that really appeals to me. It may stem from the fact that as a child I never owned a Babar book and he was known to me only in a distant, library-check-out sort of relationship. In ...more
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Tough to get into but it's worth it.
The text is in cursive writing. Zephir says that Father Christmas leaves toys in shoes. The friends write Father Christmas a letter and eagerly await a reply. They are sad as they don't receive a response.
Babar finds the cave of Father Christmas and is helped back to health there (an alcohol rub, brandy and hot soup). Father Christmas visits with Babar and his family. He leaves him a real magical Santa suit.
Kristine Pratt
This is my favorite Christmas book of the season. There's a lot of life lessons woven into this story of Babar as he travels the world looking for Father Christmas so that he can bring him back to the Elephant Country with him. I loved the dog named Duck, and how the entire story plays out in such a believable manner given the fantastic nature of the characters. Just lovely!
The illustrations are cute. I never seem to love the actual story in Babar books. This one is about Babar looking for Father Christmas. He finally finds him and asks him to deliver presents to the elephants. Father Christmas says no, he is too tired. So then he and Babar go to Elephant Land so Father Christmas can get some rest and relaxation. I won't tell the ending...
Jan 03, 2012 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
Everyone's favorite elephant is on a special Christmas mission. Its time to go out, leave the Elephants' Country, find Father Christmas & ask him to deliver gifts to all the Elephants' Country children. Can Babar do it? Will he find Father Christmas in time? This is a job big enough for only the King of the Elephants to handle. =)
Maren Prestegaard
A book I really wanted to like but (to be honest) had to hide so little M would not make me read it again. The story is just not compelling.
A fantastic, Jesus-free Christmas book. Bonus points for a William Jones cameo, which should make linguists cream in their pants.
This was always one of my favorites and it still made me smile after many years. I want to go spend some time in Elephant land.
The search for Father Christmas actually was quite funny - I loved the little mice with their tiny Santa, and the artist's model.
This is such a sweet book written in French that I may try to read aloud to my French 1 students. The illustrations are precious
Jaime Contreras
This is a delightful blend of two classic tales. Babar and father Christmas come to the rescue.
This book has pretty pictures in it. The story is nice, too.
Laura Verret
Mr. Botkin says that this series is Marxist.
One of my all-time favorite Xmas stories!
A very charming story that can be read all year.
Babar meets Father Christmas
Nov 15, 2011 Melainebooks added it
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Babar !!!!!!!!!!!!
A (quirky) classic!
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Jean de Brunhoff was a French writer and illustrator known for co-creating Babar, which first appeared in 1931. The stories were originally told to their second son, Mathieu, when he was sick, by his wife Cecile de Brunhoff. After its first appearance, six more titles followed. He was the fourth and last child of Maurice de Brunhoff, a successful publisher, and his wife Marguerite. He attended Pro ...more
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