The beloved classic character introduced to the world's audiences by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943, is summoned to help the Queen of the Fairies in this modern story based on the classic tale. The enchanted forest, the last bastion of the fairies, is being threatened by the encroaching human race; pollution has made the land hot and the rivers run dry. After saying goodbye to his precious flower, the prince and fairy queen travel through space to a planet called Earth. Once there, they journey through vast deserts to get to the fairy forest. During the expedition, the prince and queen meet and are advised by, among others, a wise man, the little spirit of fire, a helpful snake, and an old owl. From them, the duo learns that they must find water and the last surviving dragon's cave to save the enchanted forest, the fairies, and, ultimately, the planet. The story carries on the much-loved tradition of supernatural and imaginative storytelling established by the original, while also being an exciting adventure story with an ecological message. Full-page illustrations imitate the style of the original book. An excellent addition to any library or classroom, this fanciful tale will delight all children, especially those interested in science fiction.Beth Rotella, New YorkCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.