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Babar and His Children

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Jean de Brunhoff
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: May 2002, May 2001

Synopsis: Babar and His Children tells how the royal elephant and Queen Celeste await the birth of their first child... and discover to their surprise that they have three! The loyal townsfolk bring gifts, and the babies are named before being weighed by wise Dr. Capoulosse (he of the stern expression and pince-nez). Then it's time for young Flora, Pom, and Alexander to get into a series of scrapes and be saved by the bravery and good sense of either their parents or other animals.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Make a booklet and draw/ tell the story about an adventure that you had with your family.
•  Make a crown like Babar's, and decorate it with scenes from the story. Draw Babar's family, and label each member with his/her name and words describing their personality.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!