The Little Prince: Paperback Picturebook

The Little Prince: Paperback Picturebook

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by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as


Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry's original artwork. Combining Richard Howard's translation with restored original art, this definitive English-language edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Stories).

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-This new translation into "modern" English brings a classic tale into sharper focus for today's teens without sacrificing the beauty and simplicity of the author's writing, and the "restored" artwork has all the charm of the original drawings. What appears to be a simple tale of two lost souls-one, a pilot marooned in the desert next to his ditched plane; the other, a minuscule prince in self-imposed exile from an asteroid so small that he can watch the sunset 44 times a day-reveals itself as something far more complex. What appears to be a fairy tale for children opens like the petals of the Little Prince's flower into a fantasy that has lessons for all of us.-Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Little Prince Series
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
11 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, the "Winged Poet," was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pilot at twenty-six, he was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince, Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman's Odyssey. In 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean.

Richard Howard is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970, and Trappings. He is the translator of more than 150 works from the French and lives in New York City.

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The Little Prince 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 243 reviews.
CA_mom More than 1 year ago
The Little Prince is a wonderful classic about life, love, making friends, falling in love, finding what is important in life, and saying goodbye. Saint-Exupery's tale is absolutely charming and full of wisdom. I bought this as a gift for a friend who was losing a dear pet. I still gave it to her, but I was disappointed by this translation. Unfortunately, the translation by Richard Howard lacks some of the heart of the tale, especially in many key places. For example, the phrase "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." is translated "Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." instead of "What is essential is invisible to the eyes." or "The essential part is invisible to the eyes." I much prefer the translation by Katherine Woods.
Moe_Reese More than 1 year ago
My first encounter with "The Little Prince" was having it read to me in kindergarten, over half a century ago. I received my first copy over twenty years later, from "the second great love of my life", to thank me for opening her heart. The tenets set forward by Antoine de Saint-Exupery stayed with me and helped strengthen and nurture relationships over the decades. I reminded my friend of her gift and its lessons several years ago as she was dying of cancer. Then, just a few weeks ago, a new friend found herself in the same position: A former lover, who remained a close friend for decades, was dying of cancer. So I sent her a copy of this book to help bring her some clarity. Perhaps it is true that everything you ever really needed to know you learned in kindergarten, which is why this so-called "children's book" is worth revisiting at any point in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Little Prince should be on every library shelf in the world! The ideas presented are guidelines to how to live a beautiful life! The lessons and story are for children and adults of all ages.
Red123RG More than 1 year ago
I read this book once a year and give it as a gift even more often. It remindes me of what is really important in life. Life's lessons are there to take when you are ready. You must look for boa constrictors!
Alrom More than 1 year ago
Another French classic I like along with the Count of Monte Cristo. The Little Prince is for all ages and a great book to read for children. It shows a lot of lesson and that is why I recommend this to all people who is fond of reading French Literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the sample but it was only the first picture and quote, so I went back and bought the book. However when I open the book it is still just the sample! I bought it and can't even read it :(
juliaJD More than 1 year ago
My 11year old and I read this book and we found very interesting and adventures. He even wrote a project on this book
lizcosline More than 1 year ago
This book is great for young people and adults in a fantasy story of a young boy on an incredible journey. But along the way it is constantly looking at beliefs and lessons. It is written in a very entertaining way and puts different things to think about right in front of the reader. Just a terrific way to spend and afternoon. Liz Cosline - Author/Life Ownership Coach SongofOneUnexpectedLife-S.O.U.L.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book first in its original French version and was lost in the beauty of it all. Then, reading the English translation, I was even more appreciative of the story. From every facet, the language, the illustration, the characters, I was amazed. This is a tremendous book to read because it subliminally enlightens the mind.
caosm More than 1 year ago
I'm unhappy with the limited compatibility. I would've preferred a well formated epub like the way it is in the retail versions in Italian, French & German. Admittedly, I am not completely opposed the a PDF version all together, but the lack of an epub version is rather disappointing. If you're looking for a good ebook do not buy this. Anyone considering buying this version shouldn't and should buy a softcover version instead, as there is no real difference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a reason to smile!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this book, some children may not understand it, but the illustrations will delight all!!!!!!!!! I recomend!!!!!! By it NOW!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in my French 3 class in school (in the french version) and I LOVED it! You can read it over and over again and never get bored of it. I love this book soooo much! Merci, mlle. Lanphere! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
As others must have said before me, this may be a little book, but the message is huge! I cannot believe that it took me this long to read this lovely tale. I was moved and read it twice in one night. Fantastic for all ages!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend told me about this book over 25 years ago. She had a copy for me to read and she told me 'you must read this book - it tells about what is important in life.' I was sure she was mistaken - it looked just like any children's book. I read it and was taught so much about life that I have never forgotten. It is one of my most-remembered and most-cherished stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The little prince is the best book i've ever read. Is even better than other classics as 'El Quijote de la Manch', 'romeo & Juliet', etc. I consider it good because of its simplicity and message that it gives you. I recomend it to childs, teens and adults
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Little Prince' is the greatest piece of literature ever written, both in the original French version and the flawless English translation by Katherine Woods. This 'new' translation is just pitiful. It contorts some of the most touching moments in the novel and defiles Exupery's exquisite poignancy. I'm only giving it three stars because the subject material is basically intact. Anyway, don't buy this new version, buy the one by Katharine Woods! You'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite book. I absolutely LOVE it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled into thinking that 'The Little Prince' is just a children's story! I am 22 years old, and I first read Antoine de Saint-Exupery's beautiful story when I was about 17, and have loved it ever since! But don't take MY word for it, get yourself a copy of 'The Little Prince' and I guarantee you too will fall in love with it! Just to prove how much I love this book - I own three copies of it, plus a French copy, I have Little Prince wallpaper on my computer, and a gorgeous Little Prince calligraphy pen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I was stranded on a desert island, this might be the only book I must take with me. It tells you all about what is truly important in life by the little prince's relationships with his aquaintances. The fox who is tamed and 'his rose' tell all about what is important in life. The best quote ever: 'It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.' I try to read it at least once a year, often out loud to a child. It is truly a life lesson for adults however, which often can move one to tears. Beautiful in its simplicity, scathing in its pithy observations on human foibles, truly one of the greatest books ever written. While I have only read reviews of the newest translation and color corrections of the illustrations, I can't see where it needed improvement. The somewhat unusual language gave it a simplicity that I do not feel needed to be corrected in translation. I like the old and familiar edition so well that I probably will admire the new one in the store and cherish my older addition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. The insightful way the author told us about how people really are was easy enough for a child to understand. Yet, I believe that this is a book for teens and up for the meaning behind the story is one that a child can not fully comprehend. However, the pictures of the boa are ones that everyone can admire :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have purchased and given at least 50 copies of this book to friends and family over the years. Of the hundreds of books in my personal library, I have not read one that has touched me so deeply as 'The Little Prince'.
Laine-librariancanreadtoo 7 months ago
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." William Shakespeare 2016. Two Thousand Sixteen. Just a number. No matter how you spell it, it's just a number. The world however has made it seem bigger than life, more important than it really is. We see it as a fresh beginning. A new start in our lives. What do we look forward to in a New Year? Change. We change the way we look. Get a new hairstyle; try a new fragrance of perfume. Find a new clothing line that will match the new style of shoes. Join a gym, learn a new diet to take away those pesky pounds that somehow creeped up. A lot of things we do in a New Year is to change the way we look on the outside. But what about the inside? What can we do to make us feel better about ourselves? There is so much to be angry about these days, that now instead of joy and happiness, nothing but hatred and bitterness consumes the heart. Where can we find that joy and happiness in our day to day lives that will again fill our hearts with purpose? In a Library, of course. There are so many stories, lives if you will, that are going through exactly what you are going through. Feeling what you are feeling. Except, it's just words on paper right? Except, there is power in words. It can fill you up with wonder, excitement, all emotions while also setting up guidelines in your life that's not found in a Non-Fiction book. You are probably asking yourself: "But how will I know which book to search for?" A lot of books to choose from that will showcase a sense of purpose in life, a sense of being a part of something special along with love and friendship all rolled into one. I'll give you one for today. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. The Little Prince is a story of a young boy that ventures from his planet to search other planets for friends, companionship. But in order to do so, he has to say goodbye to his responsibility, his beautiful flower, Rose. He encounters more people than he could ever imagine, but what he didn't predict was the lessons he was receiving by meeting these people. Even for a day, each new stranger showed him how fortunate he is. As he meets new friends, new responsibilities that are out there there is always that wonder: "How is my Rose?" What will be your rose? You will probably encounter a thousand people in the year 2016. But out of those thousands, which ones will matter to you? Which ones can you learn from? Which ones can you teach? What can you learn from a child's book while living in an adult world? Oh my dear children, many wonderful and exciting things. The Little Prince, not just for children anymore.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is my favorite book. I recommend it to everyone. It will open your eyes to the world
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Anonymous 12 months ago
The Little Prince The Little Prince is a very good book. After reading it, I can gather that Antoine de Saint-Exupery used the depth and complexity icons to teach us many different and important lessons. These important lessons can help everyone have a better life. When the Little Prince appears on the island, the other man was surprised by the differences of the Prince. When the strange Little Prince asks for the man to draw him a sheep, the man instantly admires him more than he did before. After having a life where no one liked his drawings, the man was taken aback by this lovely person standing right beside him. This is an excellent example of ethics. Even though the Little Prince was quite odd, the man thought that he was thoughtful, and that he had an imagination just like himself. This book also has lots of detail. When the Little Prince tells his stories to the man, he explains them with lots of detail. The pictures always help, but without pictures, I think that I would still be able to paint a picture in my mind. The Prince tells about all of the individuals that he meets on his trips around the planets. As I was reading this book, I discovered that Antoine de Saint-Exupery also used lots of big ideas. While the Little Prince was traveling to other planets, he would find people with different personalities. One of them was a ¨king¨. The king was too caught up with himself to realize that he was not actually ruling anybody. When the little prince came, he was delighted to be able to rule over someone. This teaches us to not be too selfish, and to care about others. Also, the Little Prince told a story about the baobabs. According to him, baobabs are horrible trees that consume a whole planet if they are left unattended. This is another example of the big idea that you have to not be too self-centered, and to pay attention to your surroundings. This book is viewed by two different perspectives. At the beginning of this novel, the man is the one who is thinking about how strange the Little Prince is. Then, the Prince starts to tell his stories, and then the story is viewed by a new angle. This is a quality that makes this book exciting to read. I noticed that the man changes over time. Towards the beginning of the story, he is viewing the Prince as a bizarre character who is sort of annoying. By the end of this wonderful story, the man adores the Little Prince, and is sad for him to go. Throughout the book, the man is transformed into a loving person who sees others for not how they appear to him, but for who they are. The Little Prince recounts how he loves watching the sunset each evening. Since it sets so often, he just moves a chair so that he can see it every time it sets. He established a pattern by knowing when and where the sun will set. Every evening, he follows the pattern to watch his favorite time of the day. Also, the structure of the book follows a pattern. Every time that the Little Prince says something bad, or something that will not really help anything, there always seems to be something good that comes out of it. For example, when the Little Prince is telling the man about the baobabs, he makes it sound tragic when you don´t watch out for them. After that, the man knows to watch for baobabs. Using this pattern, I can predict that every time I read something unfortunate, I can expect to learn a happy lesson. When the Little Prince explains about how he met the fox on the