December 9, 2011
Babar’s Little Girl
Babar’s Little Girl
An Original Laurent De Brunhoff Book
Jacket Illustrations, NY (1987).
SUMMARY: Babar’s Little Girl focuses on Babar’s daughter Isabelle. The book tells a story about Isabelle, who always smiles, sings, and skips on her family adventures. During one of them, Isabelle goes missing. While her family and siblings are worried sick, Isabelle is having the time of her life with family friends Boover and Picardee. Boover and Picardee live together. The three play all day and have copious amounts of fun, until they turn on the TV and see Babar announcing that his little girl is missing. Feeling horrible about the misunderstanding, Picardee, Boover, and Isabelle hang glide back to the palace where Isabelle is welcomed by her grateful family members.
MY REVIEW: Although the author never explicitly says that Picardee and Boover are a couple within the book, one can assume that it is implied. I am not the only one to feel this way, though. After reading numerous reviews on Amazon and blog like websites such as readthatagain.com, the majority of the readers have come to the consensus that the fun, animal like characters are in fact gay, something that was confirmed by the author later in the article. Although the story never explicitly mentions the idea of homosexuality in the book, I believe that it would be a great way to introduce LGBTQ topics in the classroom. This is because it does highlight a homosexual couple in which case I, as a teacher, can introduce the topic, address issues, and show them that everyone is different but in the end we are all humans that love to do the same activities all humans do. At the same time, I liked this book because it introduces the topic in a subtle manner. Perhaps if I am teaching in a small town where certain beliefs are held, parents and administrators might not want me to openly present the material. I could still read this book to my class, and students would still get to see LGBTQ being represented. Thus, the book would cause minimal or no controversy, but this children would still be getting educated on a group not often highlighted in pieces of literature.