The Story of Babar (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/1/7
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In this book, readers meet Babar for the first time and learn how the little elephant is forced by fierce hunters to run away to the big city.
"If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste," writes A. A. Milne in his preface to "The Story of Babar". "And if you have never loved elephants, you will love them now."商品の説明をすべて表示する
While there are some problematic elements (as when the hunter kills Babar`s mother, and when he marries his cousin,) do not let this stop you from sharing this classic with your young ones. Parents and caretakers should seize this great opportunity to talk with your children while addressing the issues, and the fact that BABAR was written dacades ago. There are many positive aspects as well: love of family and home, the importance of roots, the virtues of age and experience, the old lady`s friendship and generosity, importance of education, Babar`s fortitude, openmindedness, and so on. However, while it may be charming for adults reading aloud, the text, written in cursive, does pose a problem for early readers.
- As mentioned by others, Babar's mom dies almost instantly, and he spends about 4 seconds being sad about it
- The imperialism message is a given, but I'd forgot how horribly pro-consumerism it is; they repeatedly react to tragedy/strife by buying nice clothes and sweets and it's all totally fine
- He gets picked to be king because he's wearing a fancy suit and driving a car
- He randomly decides to marry his juvenile cousin
Sorry if this is an overly millennial/snowflake-like reaction, just hoping I might help someone else avoid the mistake I made. If you're buying it for nostalgia go for it, but otherwise a pretty terrible story and not something I want to read to my kid.
But- but- but! Like "Bambi"... notice how that's never on TV, ever? The one jarring moment is in the first few pages when a hunter SHOOTS AND KILLS Barbar's mother. You could argue that it's part of the reason the book is so powerful- Babar discovers his independence! - but it is jarring for modern readers, and can be difficult for sensitive children. I loved the book as a child, and I have read it to my son many times... but he had a tough time the first read we did together.
Babar's mother is shot dead on the first few pages
Babar is elected king because he wears a suit and is civilized (compared tot he other "savage" elephants)
A bit heavy on the British Imperialism, the book feels very dated and has a questionable message for children today