Monday, June 13, 2011

Babar at the Museum

Remember the dear orphaned elephant, Babar, from the days of children’s stories that weren’t politically correct? In Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will exhibit an interactive look at Babar's World Tour through September 4. The exhibit will include original artwork by Laurent de Burnhoof, culturally relevant vignettes designed by the Coastal Carolina University’s theater department, and spotlights on some of the countries Babar visited in World Tour. (If they’d only add a few videos, some exotic hors d’oeuvres, and a Babar iPhone app, we’d have ourselves a veritable transmedia safari!) Which of your favorite childhood stories would you like to see brought to life in a similar way? I’d vote for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s tales. Or perhaps E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

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