The Little Prince

The Little Prince

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by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Irene Testot-Ferry

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After being stranded in a desert after a crash, a pilot comes in contact with a captivating little prince who recounts his journey from planet to planet and his search for what is most important in life.
For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic, The Little Prince, has captured readers' hearts. The whimsical…  See more details below


After being stranded in a desert after a crash, a pilot comes in contact with a captivating little prince who recounts his journey from planet to planet and his search for what is most important in life.
For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic, The Little Prince, has captured readers' hearts. The whimsical story with a fairy tale feel has sold over 3 million copies in all formats. This exciting pop-up edition includes the complete original text accompanied by Saint-Exupery's beautiful illustrations brought to life through paper engineering. Perfect for longtime fans and those meeting the little prince for the first time! 

Editorial Reviews
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
This unabridged edition of the classic story about the prince from a tiny planet “hardly bigger than a house” integrates the original illustrations into pop-ups, wheels, and flaps. The text is gracefully balanced against the interactive elements as the Prince shares his story: flaps reveal images like the drawing of a sheep that the narrator makes for him, and delicate pop-ups feature characters he's met, like the clownlike lamp lighter. The pleasing visual effects are subtle, but add an appropriate sense of magic. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
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
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
The author and illustrator of this famous mid-twentieth century allegory was a World War II French airplane pilot who was shot down and killed within a year of the book's publication. This handsome edition of a much-loved book that has, since its publication in 1943, been translated into eighty different languages and read in more than 180 countries has been given added stature by the quality of this new version. The French designers have used heavy, uncoated (not shiny) paper for a book that is about 8" by 12" by 2," and printed on white, red, black, and yellow sheets. All of the illustrations which are copies of Sainte-Exupery's original drawings for the first edition have been done in ink and water colors and have been engineered to become enchanting pop-ups! The fable is told in the first person by a narrator/pilot who, after a crash landing in the Sahara Dessert, meets the Little Prince who is from another much smaller planet. As the two become friends the little prince describes his travels among other planets he has visited and the people he has met who lived there. Not surprisingly, as the story was written during war time, the qualities displayed by the occupants of the other planets include vanity, greed, power, and blindly following directions. The time covered by the book is only eight days, which is how long it takes the pilot to repair his plane, but it is enough time for the pilot to come to care deeply for the little prince. This is an outstanding book for an adolescent to take into adulthood, for an adult who knew it and loved it, or for anyone who has never known it. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
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.
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.
Kirkus Reviews
"[E]yes are blind. You have to look with the heart," says the little prince, which makes this pop-up edition of the 1943 classic a bit of an odd duck. De Saint-Exupery's minimalist illustrations become full-color paper-engineered elements in a blown-up, two-inch-thick unabridged edition. Flaps lift, figures pop, tableaux emerge in ingenious fashion, creating a reading experience as surreal as the story. But the tension between text and image inherent in any illustrated book is exacerbated to the nth degree here, as the beguiling doodads beckon readers to race through the pages, leaving the story they're meant to illustrate behind. The contemplative fable is turned into a mere excuse for paper whimsy, the fun of making the prince turn to meet the fox overriding the wonder of the interaction. Too cool for its own good. (Pop-up/fiction. 10 & up)
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 The Little Prince
"A lovely story...which covers a poetic, yearning philosophy—not the sort of fable that can be tacked down neatly at its four corners but rather reflections on what are real matters of consequence." —The New York Times Book Review

"Saint-Exupéry's most famous work—a gentle fable of love and peace—contains a thoughtful assessment of the details of its composition...[T]he special allure of the work is still the naively sophisticated, heartwarming tale of the little prince and his small planet." —Horn Book
“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.” —School Library Journal
“Always welcome is that charming visitor from another planet, Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince...The fable remains as lyrically haunting as ever.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
It has been years since I read this classic book, and it was nice to revisit the story of the stranded pilot and the little boy who falls to earth and befriends him. This edition is sleeker in appearance than earlier editions, with a metallic black cover and a picture of the Little Prince in silhouette holding onto a flock of birds. The translation was done by Richard Howard for a 2000 edition, and there have been no additional changes. The story is told in a straightforward manner, rather than the more flowery 1953 text. The primary additions to the book are the cover art and an introduction by Gregory Maguire (Wicked) that reflects on his feelings about being asked to write the introduction. As a great fan of Maguire, I would gladly read his laundry lists for entertainment. There is a short biography of Saint-Exupery appended to the text, and a good list of discussion questions. It would appear that the main reason for the new edition is to align the book with Common Core curriculum goals. A set of essay questions is included at a RL 7.5 to RL 8.4 level, but the questions sound like "Blue Book" essays for a college freshman English class. Taken on its own, this book remains, as always, a lovely allegory for childhood innocence and maturation-caused changes in our perception of simple pleasures such as seeing the stars or nurturing a flower. The illustrations are reproductions of the original Saint-Exupery watercolors in all of their simplicity and innocence. This is a necessary purchase only for schools that need to meet Common Core standards, or those who somehow find themselves without another version. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

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Wordsworth Editions, Limited
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Children's Classics
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4.99(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.28(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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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'.
InTheBookcase 16 days ago
Le Petit Prince is the original French title of this charming children's book -- (or perhaps it's an adult's book?) The easy words, simple ideas, elementary lessons, and watercolor pictures might make a person believe it's for children. Think again. The design of the plot may be only a small part of a interwoven web of big notions. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Little Prince is written to make one see adults from a child's perspective -- how serious that adults seem to always be, not looking at life from a cheery, fun viewpoint. One might see the book as being written as a comical little muse. Children will enjoy it as a picture book. Adults will enjoy it for the truths the words hide. The author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was born in 1900 in Lyon, France. Mesmerized with flight in his childhood, he eventually became a pilot in the military, serving during World War II. He dreamed big -- just as this book shows. But his ultimate dream of flying nabbed him from this world in 1944, he himself much like The Little Prince. His most famous work published only a year before his untimely death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this for my daughter and the quality is incredible. Beautiful story and quality.
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