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The Story of babar
The fictional children's book The story of babar was first published in the 1930's. Its Frentch author Jean de Brunhoff combined clever prose with wondeful illustrations,making the story an immediate hit.
The story's main character is an elephant named Babar,who leaves the savannah and visits the big city.After receiving an education,Babar return to the savannah and becomes king, teaching the elephants the way of city.
Dispite remaining popular with children today,The story of Babarhas often been criticized.Chilean wiriter Ariel Dorfman claims it was used to justify French colonialism and to promote the supposed benefit of adopting Western values
But, such critics fail to appreciate the author's wit,argues U.S author Adam Gopnic. He maintains that The story of Babaris a satire of early 20th-century French colonialism.
He points out that attempt to mock adult pretensions.
The adoption by the elephant of human dress and manners.
One things is for sure,children find the story's absured constract between humans and animals charming and memorable.