“I didn't like this book. I thought the storyline was very strange and that the language would be hard for students to make a connection. The pictures were not that intriguing either. I would still use this book in my classroom although I didn't like it to see how my class might have a positive response. ”Mary-Kate Sturgeon wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was drawn to this book because I love elephants. The story was both happy and sad, and has a very silly and imaginative story line. In some places, the wording seems awkward, but maybe that's because it was translated from the French. It contains excellent vocabulary, so after reading, the teacher could do activities or worksheets with the bigger words that the students may not know. Also, the book's setting changes as he is going on his adventure, so we could discuss the different settings or put places in chronological order. It is also clear that an elephant could never live in a city, wear clothes, talk to humans, or ride in cars, so we could also discuss the difference between what is real and what is make believe.”Christyn Simmons wrote this review Thursday, August 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this classic story, the little elephant, Babar, has a beautiful life in the forest with his loving mother and fellow elephant friends. Disaster strikes when Babar’s mother is shot and killed by a hunter. Not knowing what to do, Babar (now an orphan) runs away to town where he meets a rich Old Lady who dresses him in the finest clothes. Babar loves his new clothes so much and gets very comfortable living his new life in town. After two years, his two cousins find Babar and tell him how worried his family has been about his absence. Will Babar decide to return to the forest? Or will he want to stay in his new life?
As I read this text, one notion came to my mind: colonization! The moment the rich Old Lady puts Babar into clothes, Babar stops walking on all four legs and begins walking upright like a human! The same happens when Babar puts clothes on his two cousins. Since this book was written in 1933, it can lend readers to a more critical level of thinking in regards to Babar’s transformation. I would use this book as an introduction to “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe or “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.
“It is very sad but when Baba and the Old lady go-
“Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis: Be careful what you wish for.
Summary: K-3. Babar grows up in the jungle, but when his mother is killed by a hunter he escapes to the city. Eventually he retuens home just as the elephant king dies. His people crown him king. He marries his cousin Celeste and they have adventures (and a family) together.
Setting/Location: the jungle, Paris
Themes and Symbolism: family, resilience
Authors and Contributors: Jean de Brunhoff
Curricular Connections: family, self-reliance”
“Love this book, just don't know why it ends up on a Pre-K to read list. I think it's a little too long and dated....”Heather Jo Nelepovitz wrote this review Tuesday, June 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"i want to thank you one and all," said Babar, "but before accepting your proposal, i must explain to you that, while we were traveling in the car, celeste and i became engaged."
babar wastes no time.”
“Babar's mother dies when he is very young. So he runs far away until he reaches the city. In the city he finds a new home, in which he decides he needs clothes to become more civilized. Eventually his cousins come to find him, which leads him to return to his home in the wilderness.
Class Uses: poachers and elephants
“3 STARS I started reading the books after I fell in love with the show. It was a Tuesday tradition to watch the show and read one of the books.”Kris wrote this review Tuesday, November 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No