Jean de Brunhoff

* December 9, 1899, † October 16, 1937
French writer and illustrator known for creating the Babarbooks, the first of which which appeared in 1931. 
The Babar books began as a bedtime story Jean's wife told their children, Laurent and Mathieu, when they were five and four years old. She was trying to comfort Mathieu, who was sick. The boys liked the story of the little elephant who left the jungle for a city like Paris so much that they took it to their father, a painter, and asked him to illustrate it.
The first seven Babar albums were reprinted and millions of copies were sold all around the world.
Soon after the end of World War II, Laurent, who had followed in his father's footsteps as a painter and had also studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiėre, began work on a Babar book of his own.