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Posted January 31, 2007
A friend presented this book to my granddaughter as a gift to her three-day-old son ... to start his collection of books. A little early, you might say, but we are a family of bibliophiles who believe it's never too early to start building a fine library ... never too early to introduce kids to books. ¿¿¿ Michelle raved about the book so much, I just had to read it too. And what a delightful treat that was. Not only did the story capture me and hold me hostage until the very last word, but the fabulous art appealed to my aesthetic senses. This is the perfect blending of lyrical prose to please the ear and magnificent art to charm the eye. In addition, each page that is not a full-blown art illustration has an eye-catching border surrounding the prose. My favorite illustration is the one of the Little Prince and the Forest Spirit facing the Wizard through the trees another favorite, the Knight of Serendipity outside the cottage. Even the ugly ogre is very well-drawn. ¿¿¿ This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful children's picture books I've seen in a long time ... a book that your child will treasure forever, and read to his or her own children one day. It should become a classic. ¿¿¿ I guarantee you will fall in love with the sweet Little Prince as he leaves his castle in search of some 'magic and miracles' in his life. When he rescues The Spirit of the Forest, they both learn valuable lessons from each other. I don't wish to give the heart-warming story away, so RFY (read for yourself). ¿¿¿ This gifted author has expressed the thought that 'love is making a child smile' and 'love is curling up beside a child to read.' How insightful is that? And since her enchanting book accomplishes both of these things, then she has made the world a happier place by writing it. Thanks, Jillian Curtis, for the moral lessons in this charming book thanks for sharing your own sons with us ... in the form of The Little Prince. ¿¿¿ And thanks to the illustrator, Janet Mattison-Prise, for the complementary art. In my opinion, the illustrations add the perfect touch of magic and drama the story needs to make it unforgettable ... and, perhaps, turn it into a classic. Magical storyline plus fabulous art = classic book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.