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French artist Jean de Brunhoff created the Babar series. He was inspired by a story his wife, Cecile, told to their sons.
Brunhoff planned for only his two sons to see his work. But when Brunhoff's relative, who also happened to be the editor of French Vogue, learned about the story, he encouraged Brunhoff to publish it.
The first Babar book came out in France in 1931 and was published in English in 1933 as "The Story of Babar."
Brunhoff published just five Babar books, with two more ready for publication, before he died at age 37.
Laurent de Brunhoff completed the artwork on his father's seventh book when he was just 13 years old.
In 1946 at age 21, Laurent took over the Babar series with the release of "Babar's Cousin: That Rascal Arthur."
By 2011 more than 10.1 million books in the Babar series were sold in the U.S., with millions more sold around the world.
The Babar series is often criticized for glorifying colonialism and for its depiction of stereotypical natives and savages.
The king died after chowing down on a poisoned mushroom. Babar was seen as worldly after returning from the big city, so the other elephants chose him as their new king.
Babar marries his cousin Celeste, and the entire kingdom is named Celesteville in her honor.
Babar and Celeste become parents in 1938, when Celeste gives birth to triplets.
Celeste and Babar's triplets are named Pom, Flora and Alexander.
Babar and Celeste wait a full 50 years before having their fourth child, whom they name Isabella, in 1987.
Flora meets her husband, an Indian elephant, when he comes to Celesteville for the Celesteville games.
Babar runs off to the big city early in the first book after his mother is killed by a poacher.
The rhinos and the elephants go to war in the 1933 classic "Babar the King."
Babar is rarely seen without his distinguished green suit and his royal crown, of course.
The original "Babar" cartoon ran from 1989 to 2002.
Zephir is Babar's monkey friend. In one early Babar title, Zephir works to save the monkey princess, Isabelle.
In the 1934 title "Babar's Travels," Babar and Celeste set off for their honeymoon in a hot-air balloon.
Laurent de Brunhoff drew inspiration from his own Key West, Florida, home for this 2014 title, in which Babar and his family are shipwrecked during a cruise.
Wise, old Cornelius is prime minister and a trusted advisor to Babar.
Lord Rataxes is head rhino in Rhinoland, where Babar is a frequent visitor.
Basil is a security chief and Lord Rataxes' right-hand man.
Mischief-loving Arthur is Celeste's brother and uncle to Babar's four children.
Truffles the palace chef is the best cook in the village.
"Babar and the Adventures of Badou" tells the story of Babar's grandson, Badou.
The young Badou often expresses his excitement by exclaiming "tusk-tastic!"
Fast-talking Chiku is a monkey like her dad, Zephir.
In "Babar's Yoga for Elephants," readers learn that not only do elephants love yoga, but they actually invented it way back in the days of cave painting.