Probably the reason for my love of elephants. My grandfather had some gorgeous old Babar books that he read to me. Exciting and scary, what with all that world travel and danger. Funny Things, Babar Series, Book Worth, De Brunhoff, Elephant, Babar Book, Babar Reading, Favorite Author, Children Book
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"The Story of Babar", by Jean de Brunhoff. For those poor few who do not know, Babar was a baby African elephant whose mother was killed by a Big Game hunter. He ended up somehow in Paris where he was adopted by a Little Old Lady who taught him to wear clothes, speak French, and become a civilized young gentleman. A wonderful, wonderful story.
MY favorite books as a child (my kids voted "OK" for me to add to "their list.") ;)
Babar the Elephant Celeste and Arthur in The Car Jean de Brunhoff 1960s Childrens Book Illustration to Frame. $9.99, via Etsy.