Jean de Brunhoff
- Category : 1899-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (21,40)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Separation 2
French writer and illustrator known for creating the Babar books, the first of which appeared in 1931.
In 1924 he married Cécile Sabouraud, a talented pianist, and they had two sons Laurent and Mathieu in 1925 and 1926; a third son, Thierry, was born nine years later.
The Babar books began as a bedtime story Cécile invented for their children, Mathieu and Laurent, who took it to their father, a painter, and asked him to illustrate it. He turned it into a picture book, with text, which was published by a family-run publishing house, Le jardin des modes.
After the first book Histoire de Babar (The Story of Babar), six more titles followed before Jean de Brunhoff died of tuberculosis on 16 October 1937 at the age of 37.
Laurent, who had followed in his father's footsteps as a painter, continued the Babar the Elephant stories created by his parents.