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Everyone who loves art, Babar, or children will love Babar's Museum of Art. The old train station in Celesteville stands empty should it be torn down No! declare Celeste and Babar, who decide to turn it into an art museum. Their children (like many young museum-goers) have a lot of questions about art: Does it have to be pretty Does it have to be old Does it have to make sense Celeste's patient answers explain the basic ideas of art appreciation.
Babar's birthday is coming and Queen Celeste has a big surprise planned. She's having a sculptor carve a giant statue of Babar into a mountainside, but Babar loves to ride right past the spot where the work is going on. How can the elephants and their friends keep their king's birthday surprise a secret. This sweet story shows young readers the joy of planning a surprise for a special friend.;Hardcover;38 pages;8.6 X 12;Recommended for ages 4+;Imported
Milliners-in-the-making will delight in this whimsical tale about a hat-maker in search of the perfect fit. Words by Andrea Beaty, pictures by David Roberts. Published by Abrams. Hardcover. 32 pages. 9.25" length x 0.25" width x 11.50" height, approximately.
A celebration of self-expression, this whimsical tale follows would-be builder, Ignacious Peck, as he teaches everyone around him to delight in architecture. Written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts. Published by Abrams. Hardcover. 32 pages. 11.25" height x 9.25" width x 0.25" depth (approximately).
A is for apple." Filled with retro-looking images by the acclaimed book illustration team, Peskimo, Alpha Block has the chunky look of a painted wooden block. The colorful book is crafted of cardboard letter-shaped pages that hold your child's interest-and stand up to page-turning by little hands. By Christopher Frenceschelli; art by Peskimo. Published by Abrams Books. 7" tall x 5.5" wide x 2" deep.
Abrams Books Alpha Block £10.77
A vintage look at life in America, seen from the eyes of one of the world's most famous elephants and freshly reissued for a new generation. Originally published in 1965, Babar Comes to America is one of Laurent de Brunhoff's most popular books, and it is in print again for the first time in many years. Babar, king of the elephants, receives an invitation to meet with the president of the United States-the perfect excuse for a family vacation! None of the elephants have been to America before, so Babar packs up his family and sets off to see the sights. From the hustle and bustle of New York to the wide-open spaces of the Grand Canyon, from riding streetcars in San Francisco to fishing on Lake Michigan, Babar and his family experience America in all its glory and splendor. Laurent de Brunhoff's thoughtful observations and lovable characters have made Babar a household name since 1931. This nostalgic look at the USA more than thirty years ago will captivate young readers as they marvel at how much has changed. Adults will take a trip down memory lane and see sights, signs and more that has been forgotten. Hardcover, 72 pages. Ages 5-10 (grades K-5) .
In this quirky, artsy retelling of "The Three Little Pigs", the pigs and their homes are nods to three famous architects-Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright-and their signature homes. Each house is filled with clever details, including furnishings by the architects and their contemporaries. Of course, not all the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf's huffing and puffing. Which one will? The wolf, and readers, are in for a clever surprise ending. Hardcover, 32 pages. Author: Steven Guarnaccia. Ages 4+ .
The old train station in Celesteville stands empty-should it be torn down? "No!" declare Celeste and Babar, who decide to turn it into an art museum. Their children (like many young museum-goers) have a lot of questions about art: Does it have to be pretty? Does it have to be old? Does it have to make sense? Celeste's patient answers explain the basic ideas of art appreciation. Babar and Celeste's generous donations to the new museum include witty and striking elephant-inspired versions of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam, Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus, along with many other celebrated paintings. Children and adults will want to visit Babar's Museum of Art again and again! Hardcover, 48 pages. Ages 5-8.
Just like the classic story, this modern twist on the tale finds Goldilocks coming upon the three bear's house in the woods. However, when our heroine ventures inside the split-level home, she soon realizes that these bears - with their Isamu Noguchi, Arne Jacobson, and Charles and Ray Eames chairs - aren't your average grizzlies. Written and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia. Hardcover. 32 pages.
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal-to fly-Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly, but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. By Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts. Published by Abrams Books. 29 pages. 11" tall x 9.5" wide.
Cinderella is desperate to go to the ball, but doesn't have a thing to wear! With the help of a fashion-forward fairy godfather, this modern retelling of the beloved "rags to riches" fairy tale sees our heroine outfitted in styles influenced by the most celebrated 20th and 21st century couture-all the way down to her Prada-inspired crystal slippers. Written and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia. Hardcover. 32 pages.