cecile de brunhoff -- rip babar
the creator/inspiration of the popular children's stories of babar the elephant king died this week at the age of 99. the stories of babar were originally bedtime stories, they were later illustrated and expanded by her husband, jean de brunhoff.
i always thought these stories were simple, good and magical... but also they had a mythical and spiritual quality to them. the illustrations and characters made the stories of babar the perfect nighttime storybook. what other bedtime stories turned classics do you count among your favorites?