Storybook: The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff | Babar the Elephant is a fictional character who first appeared in the French children's book Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931, and enjoyed immediate success. An English-language version, The Story of Babar, introduced by A.A. Milne, appeared in 1933, in Britain and the United States. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff's wife, Cecile, had invented for their children. It tells of a young elephant Babar who, upon the death of his mother by a hunter, is chased by the hunter. Babar escapes, and in the process leaves the jungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants. Just as he returns to his community of elephants, their king dies from eating a bad mushroom. Because of his travels and civilization, Babar is appointed king of the elephant kingdom. He marries his cousin, and they subsequently have children and teach them valuable lessons.
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