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The classic first story about literature' s most beloved pachyderm. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. He becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants.

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The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson: Read this to feel perfectly happy.

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

Buzzfeed 65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s I'm well out of my 20's but I'd still like to read the books on this list that I haven't already read.

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I found this one of Dawn Powell's books through references in another favorite book of mine, A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity. The two read together or back to back make for a witty and well dressed investigation of cafe society across cultures and generations. If you've ever been a regular at a bar or cafe somewhere, this book will tickle you. If you've ever known what it is to be aware of both the glossy outside veneer as well as the seedy under-belly of a…

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The layers of this story, like all of my favorites, are thick. In this work the author, Dara Horn, references famous and infamous artists, well known and obscure periods in history, and introduces real some lovable salt- of- the- earth characters. She also tells one of THE BEST creation stories, EVER. Oh and there is mystery, love, war, history and plenty of magic. Such good writing. Such a great book.

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Some people review this as a bunch of sad stories. It is not. This is a collection of stories each of which reads as if a very different author wrote them. That alone is a feat for any writer. Beyond that, the characters are so completely and satisfyingly written that you are nodding your head thinking, "Yes, I totally now who this person is." At the end of each story I find myself racing through the words, wondering what will happen and how the story will end. I can see a movie being made…

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Nobody has done this book justice with a beautiful review, which it deserves. I will tackle that soon. Meantime, it is a beautifully written story that actually kicks off an artistic adventure for you in your own life if you are paying attention. Otto references another fantastic novel and author as well as a particular artistic genre that adds so much to the story, if you care to do the research. This is my favorite book right now.

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