Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937)

Death: 16th October 1937
Location: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Photo taken by: Gede
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French writer and illustrator known for creating the Babar the Elephant books. The Babar books began as a bedtime story that his wife, Cécile de Brunhoff, invented for their children, Mathieu and Laurent, when they were four and five years old, respectively. The boys liked the story of the little elephant so much that they took it to their father, a painter, and asked him to illustrate it. He turned it into the picture book Histoire de Babar / The Story of Babar (1934). Six more books followed before Jean de Brunhoff died of tuberculosis at the age of 37.