In 1931, Cecile de Brunhoff told her children the story of how a little, orphaned elephant became king of the forest. The children in turn related the story to their father, the painter Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937), who made a picture book of the tale. Thus was born Babar, one of the best-loved children's book characters of the twentieth century. Jean de Brunhoff wrote five more Babar stories before his death in 1937 of tuberculosis. His son, Laurent de Brunhoff, has continued the series.
Works of Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff
Babar Reference Sources
1998 Key West Literary Seminar - View Original Seminar Artwork by Laurent de Brunhoff
Babar TV Series Fan Club
BaBar Collaboration Home Page
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