Love This: Beginnings of Babar

Everyone loves Babar right? If he wasn’t your favorite storybook elephant growing up, something is definitely wrong with you!

I found this cool online exhibit from The Morgan Library & Museum Online Exhibitions. It shows Jean de Brunhoff’s early draft or mock-up. called a maquette, of his children’s classic, Histoire de Babar, which you probably know as The Story of Babar.

Check it out: Histoire de Babar – Maquette If you click on each thumbnail, you can read a bit about the history behind the maquette and compare the rough mock-up to the final published version. Pretty cool, huh?

— Dawn Teresa



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2 thoughts on “Love This: Beginnings of Babar

  1. Jennifer July 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM Reply

    “Babar the little elephant is riding happily on his mother's back when a hunter shoots from a blind and kills Mother Elephant. Babar cries.”

    Quelle tragédie! It was fun to look through the book, comparing the draft to the publication version, but after reading that first page I have to say I'm glad I didn't read Babar as a child!


  2. Dawn July 17, 2011 at 6:45 PM Reply

    I don't even remember that!


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