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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Babar's Birthday Surprise
by Laurent de Brunhoff
Age Range: 6-8
It is Babar’s forthcoming birthday and Queen Celeste has a big surprise in store. She asks the artist Podular to carve a giant statue of Babar into the mountainside. The only problem is how to keep it secret as Babar likes to take a ride right past the spot where the work is going on. The elephants, Babar’s children and their friends have to try and ensure it stays a secret.
Created by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 from an original bedtime story by his wife, Babar has lived on through his son Laurent de Brunhoff who has kept his spirit alive for more than 50 years. Building on the original framework he has created many new and exciting adventures for the elephant family.