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Katherine Woods translation A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. ‘Please,’ asks the stranger, ‘draw me a sheep.’ And the pilot realizes that when life’s events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper… And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed ...

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Katherine Woods translation A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. ‘Please,’ asks the stranger, ‘draw me a sheep.’ And the pilot realizes that when life’s events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper… And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

A timeless classic, few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince, and this Bolinda edition makes the perfect audio companion for all ages.

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

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Fans of that stellar Little Prince can celebrate his 60th anniversary with a stunning gift edition! A must-have for any collector, this edition comes with a satin ribbon bookmark and presentation page, all enclosed in a cloth slipcase with gold stamping. The starry prince has delighted readers for six decades, but he's never looked better.
Publishers Weekly
Many old friends revisit readers in handsome new volumes. Always welcome is that charming visitor from another planet, Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. A 60th-anniversary gift edition features a cloth slipcase, a satin ribbon bookmark and a bookplate. The fable remains as lyrically haunting as ever in Richard Howard's new (2000) translation. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young Osment (The Sixth Sense; Pay It Forward) again proves his mettle as an actor, giving voice to the Little Prince in this crisp, full-cast production of the literary classic. He approaches the role with a gentleness and sensitivity that touches the heart and never sounds maudlin. As the pilot whose plane has crashed in the Sahara, Gere plays it low-key, creating a perfect partner for Osment's interplanetary-traveling, wise-beyond-his-years prince. Gere expresses just the right mix of amusement and bewilderment as the prince interrupts the pilot's efforts to repair his plane with a request that he draw a sheep. The adept performances capture the timeless nature of Saint-Exup ry's fable about how a child sees the important things in life much more clearly than many adults do. All ages. (Dec.) FYI: Last year marked the 100th anniversary of Saint-Exup ry's birth. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Those of us concerned with quality preschool literature long for the demise of inappropriate books repackaged into board books. With the publication of four slip-cased board books based on the classic allegory The Little Prince (Friends of the Little Prince, Counting With the Little Prince, A Day With the Little Prince, and I Am the Little Prince/Je Suis Le Petit Prince), one hopes the end is near. On the surface, I Am the Little Prince seems to employ good board book design elements: brief text printed on nursery-pastel backgrounds, watercolor illustrations on contrasting white backgrounds. So far so good. Closer examination reveals that some of the art retains it original clarity while others parts are poorly reproduced. Besides murky illustrations, the bilingual text and art don't always work together. On one page the text reads: "I live on a small planet./J'habite sur petite planete." The accompanying illustration shows the Little Prince standing on his lumpy planet, sweeping out the fenced-in volcano. The text makes no mention of the Little Prince's actions. Children sharing this book would wonder, "What is he doing?" For this age group, illustrations should amplify the story, not go off in another direction. This is what happens when books for older children are reformatted into board books with no regard to the needs and interests of toddlers. 2003, Harcourt Red Wagon, Ages 1 to 3.
— Candice Ransom
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Actors Richard Gere and Haley Joel Osment read Antoine de Saint-Exupery's book with the assistance of several other actors and actresses. A pilot stranded in the desert awakens one morning to see, standing before him, a most extraordinary little fellow, who teaches him the secret of what is really important in life. Gere reads the part of the Pilot, and Osment takes the part of the Little Prince. The reading by all the participants is accomplished with great skill and feeling. Piano and strings provide very lovely background music composed by Alexandre Stankevicius. This abridged recording of the classic book should be welcome in most library collections.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Richard Gere is the principle narrator in this superbly produced CD format version of Antoine de SaintEXupery's classic children's story The Little Prince. This fifty minute production is a technically flawless audio version of a pilot stranded in the desert and wakening one morning to see before him a little fellow who captures the hearts and imaginations of all who read (and now hear) this remarkable modern fable. Haley Joel Osment gives voice to the Little Prince, while Marina Orsini, Adam Frost, Richard Allen, Dave Walsh, Ara Y. Kentenjian, Patrick Selitz, and Mickey Kessler lend their talents to this multicast production, with music by AleXxandre Stankevicius. The Little Prince is highly entertaining, enthusiastically recommended, and a "must" for school and community library audiobook CD collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742677514
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, France. He took his first flight at the age of eleven, and became a pilot at twenty-six. He was a pioneer of international commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Southern Mail. In 1944, while serving with his French air squadron, he disappeared during a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    I Adore the Book, Don't Like This Translation

    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.

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    For Children of all ages

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    In case you have forgotten what is really important.

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    The Little Prince should be on every library shelf in the world!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2009

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    Hurray to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry!

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, book

    NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, books are).  
    They don't tell you this when you purchase a NOOK HD - which is the updated version of the Nook Color.

    The newest reader gets fewer compatible books, and none with enhanced graphics!  Nice.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Cant get the book!!

    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 :(

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    I'm unhappy with the limited compatibility. I would've preferred

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    The best Book ever!

    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!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    THTE LITTLE PRINCE

    My 11year old and I read this book and we found very interesting and adventures. He even wrote a project on this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    A Book That's Refreshing to Read

    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.
    http://songofoneunexpectedlife.info

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    My Favourite Book Forever and Ever...

    I really really really love this book. I would recommend it to anyone, of any age, from any background. I make a point of reading it at least once a year, plus again any time I have a major life event. This is written for the child in all of us, but adults--although not grown-ups (you'll know the difference after reading the book)--will appreciate it more and more through life. It is a gentle reminder of proper priorities--what's really important in life. It is so simple and lovely but also deeply philosophical. I prefer the translation by Kathrine Wood, but it's out of print. This newer translation is pretty good though. Read it. I know you'll love it. Oh, and point of interest: the author was a pilot. I like thinking he's the pilot in the story and the little prince is real.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    Purely Amazing

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Awesome!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    My Favourite Book Forever and Ever...

    I really really really love this book. I would recommend it to anyone, of any age, from any background. I make a point of reading it at least once a year, plus again any time I have a major life event. This is written for the child in all of us, but adults--although not grown-ups (you'll know the difference after reading the book)--will appreciate it more and more through life. It is a gentle reminder of proper priorities--what's really important in life. It is so simple and lovely but also deeply philosophical. I prefer the translation by Kathrine Wood, but it's out of print. This newer translation is pretty good though. Read it. I know you'll love it. Oh, and point of interest: the author was a pilot. I like thinking he's the pilot in the story and the little prince is real.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    the 'little' prince

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    A Most Remembered Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    Is the best bokk i've ever read

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    THIS IS THE BAD VERSION - DON'T BUY IT

    '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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    The Little Prince

    My all time favorite book. I absolutely LOVE it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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