Babar is one of my favorite childhood books. Because I grew up going to a French school I was introduced to the books in their original language and read the series of the Historie De Babar. I also remember watching the TV series when I was very young although I can’t remember if I watched them in English or French.
The story is about an elephant who’s mother is killed by hunters so he seeks refuge in a French city in the early 1900’s. He is adopted by The Old Lady who dresses him in western clothing. Following the death of the Elephant King (death by poison from a BAD mushroom), Babar returns to the Elephant Kingdom, becomes king and marries his cousin Celeste. Together they have three children Pom, Flora and Alexander. I love the name Alexander and it is my second monkeys middle name. Speaking of monkeys, Babar had one of his own, Zephir (another name I love) who played the role of one of his councilors.
I always thought that Babar was a fair and loyal leader, father and husband. He was also always very kind to his adopted mother. Even when his children were naughty he was very level headed.
The lessons that these stories teach about leadership, friendship and courage are ones that I remember to this day.
Did you read Babar as a child?
Have you introduced these book to your children?