Step into Reading, Step 2
Finished: Dec. 30, 2010
First Published: 1986
Publisher: Random House
Genre: children, easy reader
Babar and his family were going to Black Castle.
Acquired: Purchased secondhand.
Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud as his reader.
I'm not a fan of Babar, even as a child I found the handwritten text hard to read and the stories never appealed to me but having become more familiar with him through the cartoons he transfers over into an easy reader format very nicely. Originally written as a picture book by Laurent de Brunhoff, he has retold the story himself as an easy reader. Babar and the family go on a picnic at Black Castle. When it starts to rain they go inside and the children begin playing all over and discover a ghost who can only be seen by children. They convince him to come home with him where he can't stop getting up to ghostly tricks. King Babar figures out what is going on and sends the ghost back home but promises the children they can go back to Black Castle to visit. An interesting enough story. Well told and obviously true to the characters due to the author's involvement. Out of print; but well worth the look to find for Babar fans.