Babar's Celesteville Games

Laurent de Brunhoff. Abrams, $18.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0006-4
Olympics-style games have come to Celesteville, and Babar's children ("now grown up") watch various animals compete. When an elephant pole vaulter from Mirza catches Flora's eye, the games become a backdrop for their courtship. Though Flora and Cory come from different cultures, Babar declares: "I think it is love.... And I think it will be good for all of us." De Brunhoff incorporates modern details into his gentle, ink-outlined watercolors: Flora meets Cory's parents via video chat, and when Cory arranges for a skywritten proposal ("Flora, marry me"), the self-assured Flora inquires, "Is that a question or an order?" The athletic, romantic, and cross-cultural themes make this an unusual but satisfying addition to the beloved series. All ages. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/27/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 48 pages - 978-1-4197-0125-2
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