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Author Brunhoff, Jean de, 1899-1937, author.
Title Babar and Zephir / Jean de Brunhoff ; translated from the French by Merle Haas.
Pub Info New York : Random House, [1965]
©1965
Rating
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS 
 Centerville Children's  J PICTURE Brunhoff     AVAILABLE
 Osterville-Childrens  J PICTURE BRU     AVAILABLE
 Truro-Childrens Coll.  J PICTURE BRU     AVAILABLE
 Vineyard Haven Children's  J PICTURE BRUNHOFF     AVAILABLE
Descript 40 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Note This book was originally published under the title "Zephir's holidays Published also under title: Babar's friend, Zephir".
Jean de Brunhoff (9 December 1899 - 16 October 1937) was a French writer and illustrator remembered for creating the Babar books, the first of which appeared in 1931. The Babar books began as a bedtime story that Cécile de Brunhoff invented for their children, Mathieu and Laurent, when they were four and five years old, respectively. She was trying to comfort Mathieu, who was sick. The boys liked the story of the little elephant who left the jungle for a city resembling Paris so much that they took it to their father, a painter, and asked him to illustrate it.[citation needed] He turned it into a picture book, with text, which was published by a family-run publishing house, Le Jardin des Modes. Originally, it was planned that the book's title page would describe the story as told by Jean and Cécile de Brunhoff. However, she had her name removed. Due to the role she played in the genesis of the Babar story, many sources continue to refer to her as the creator of the Babar story. After the first book Histoire de Babar (The Story of Babar), six more titles followed before Jean de Brunhoff died of tuberculosis at the age of 37. After Jean's death, his brother Michel de Brunhoff, who was the editor of French Vogue, oversaw the publication in book form of Jean's two last books, Babar and His Children and Babar and Father Christmas, both of which had been drawn in black and white for a British newspaper, The Daily Sketch. Michel de Brunhoff arranged for the black and white drawings to be painted in color, drafting the then-thirteen-year-old Laurent to do some of the work. The French publishing house Hachette later bought the rights to the Babar series. The first seven Babar albums were reprinted with millions of copies sold around the world.
Summary While on summer vacation, Babar's monkey friend, Zephir, goes fishing and accidentally catches a mermaid, then enlists her aid in saving Princess Isabelle, who has been kidnapped by a horned monster.
Subject Babar (Fictitious character) -- Juvenile fiction.
Monkeys -- Juvenile fiction.
Elephants -- Juvenile fiction.
Monkeys -- Fiction.
Mermaids -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Add Author Haas, Merle, translator.
Random House (Firm), publisher.
ISBN 0394905792
9780394905792
0394805798
9780394805795
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