Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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?


  1. "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. I don't even remember that!