Item description for Babar and the Succotash Bird by Ellen Weiss & Laurent de Brunhoff...
Overview A beautiful bird with sparkling colors and magical powers visits Babar's son, Alexander, in the middle of the night.
Publishers Description Laurent de Brunhoff charms and captivates readers in this delightful tale of mistaken identity. When he meets a strange bird who is a wizard, Babar's son Alexander quickly learns that things are not always as they appear
Citations And Professional Reviews Babar and the Succotash Bird by Ellen Weiss & Laurent de Brunhoff has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/17/2000 page 192
School Library Journal - 12/01/2000 page 107
Booklist - 12/01/2000 page 718
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 34
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 34
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Studio: Harry N. Abrams
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.59" Width: 9.06" Height: 0.37" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2000
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 0810957000 ISBN13 9780810957008
Availability 0 units.
More About Ellen Weiss & Laurent de Brunhoff
Ellen Weiss is the author of many books for children, including I Love You, Little Monster and Whatever You Do, I Love You. She has also written extensively for children's television, and she lives in New York. Sam Williams is the author, illustrator, and designer of numerous books for young children. Some of the books he's lent his talent to include You're Getting a Baby Brother!, You're Getting a Baby Sister!, Baby Cakes, and the Bunny and Bee series. Sam lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.
Ellen Weiss currently resides in the state of New York. Ellen Weiss has an academic affiliation as follows - Tulane University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Babar and the Succotash Bird?
Good lesson and a fun read! Mar 8, 2007
This is one of our favorite Babar books at our house! It teaches a great lesson about not judging a book by its cover and even though things look alike they can be very different. We enjoy making the sound the birds make ("Tash, Succotash") in a crazy bird voice. The kids love it.
A Great New Babar Story Jan 14, 2001
If you are like me, Babar stories are among your favorites. Hopefully, they are your children's favorites too. This is a new story from Laurent de Brunhoff. As much as I like the story, I must say that I like the illustrations even more. This is one of the most beautifully illustrated of all the Babar stories.
One night in Celesteville, Alexander (King Babar's and Queen Celeste's elephant son) awakens. Drawn by the bright light coming through the window, he walks out onto the terrace to look at the moon. But there is no moon. The light is caused by a beautiful red and gold bird with sparkling feathers. The bird says, "Tash! Succotash! What are you doing here so late?" Alexander replies, "I can't sleep." The bird says that he is a wizard, and asks Alexander if he wants to play parachute or swing-swing. Alexander doesn't know what either one is. He chooses swing-swing, and soon he floating in the air, swinging gently back and forth and left to right. Alexander loves it. The wizard eventually returns Alexander to the terrace and persuades him to return to sleep.
Since Alexander has had such a good time, he wants to know if the wizard will come back to play with him again. The wizard says that he may, but issues a warning. "But remember, there are good and bad wizards, and sometimes it's hard to tell friend from foe."
The very next day, the elephant family goes for a walk and Alexander spots another bird, this time a brown one, that says "Succotash!" And the adventure begins in a new direction.
The moral of this story is that life is full of right and wrong mixed together, like succotash is "lima beans cooked up with corn." Youngsters need to be on the look out.
All humans are inclined to draw patterns in their minds that may or may not be present. You have a wonderful time with a new friend, and expect that the next time will be exactly the same. But you may have met that person on the happiest day of his or her life, and the next time you see the person is the saddest. Also, because your aunt and uncle are nice, that doesn't mean someone else's aunt and uncle will be, too. I thought that this book was unusually good in helping a child establish a sense of skepticism and distinction, rather than extrapolating blindly from the last experience. If this lesson can be learned well, your child's life will be much happier and more successful.
After you finish enjoying this story, I suggest that you think about where you and your child may be drawing false conclusions from incomplete or misleading evidence. For example, if you and your child went to the aquarium on a day when it was crowded and she or he was sick, perhaps you had a bad time and have avoided the aquarium since then. If so, perhaps you should try again on a not-so-crowded day when both of you feel terrific.
Look for the best and worst, and embrace the best!
It's a nice story Jan 9, 2001
This recent addition to the classic Babar series is somewhat less whimsical than the original set of books but enjoyable nonetheless. The pictures are nice and have the same spirit as the originals; my 6-year old boy likes the way that the pictures are drawn. However, the story is a bit choppier. The lessons are carefully and explicitly made: (1) be careful what you wish for as you might be surprised and (2) that life is mixed between good and bad just like succotash is mixed with beans and corn.
If you're looking for the classic Babar stories by Jean de Brunhoff, then this would be a second choice.