The Little Prince

Paperback | June 15, 2000

byAntoine De Saint-exuperyTranslated byRichard Howard

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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-Exupery'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-Exupery'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).

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The mysteries of this sweet and searching book continue to amaze, nearly 60 years since its original publication by the equally mysterious pilot/inventor/author/illustrator, Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- his career ended in 1944 when his reconnaissance aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean, pursued by a German fighter plane. For th...

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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-Exupery's unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the Englis...

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY, 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 r...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.91 × 5.36 × 0.27 inPublished:June 15, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0156012197

ISBN - 13:9780156012195

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Classic Completely smitten with this charming little book. A classic to add to your collection to be enjoyed by adult and child alike; consider me forever "tamed".
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Love this Classic, bought it as a gift to my mom!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Read it in grade nine French class, such a cute book and I still love it to this day
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK! LOVE THS BOOK! Read it many years ago and then finding it on the shelves at Indigo brought back memories. Like other reviewers said, this puts things in a wonderful perspective. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book of All Time Love this book so much! I've reread it a hundred times and every time learn something new about, love, life, faith...Absolutely touching and fantastic, you will fall in love.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing view on life I have always been a firm believer of not taking life to serious and really focused on not becoming your everyday mundane adult. This book truly speaks to that message and shows you the difference between children's thoughts vs adults.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite I've read it when I was a kid, still love the story, it taught me a lot.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from childhood Childhood story, it's a light read but full of so many lessons !
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Like swallowing an elephant I had high hopes for this book after seeing and hearing how many people loved it. I wanted to love it, it's small, it seemed like an easy read. But I hated it. And my younger self would have hated it too. I'm only giving it one star and that because it had pictures.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Prince should have been smaller The Prince was bigger then expected.... Over all good book
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real classic Everybody needs to read this book.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must A true classic. I love this story! Defiantly one of my favourite children's books.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must A true classic. I love this story! Probably one of my favourite children's stories.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MADE ME CRY! A TRULY FANTASTIC BOOK This is one of my most favourite children's literature book! A must read! Cried so much on this book!
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the few truly "must reads" of a lifetime. It's simply beautiful. Don't overthink it. Just make sure that you read it, cherish it and pass it on.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A New Perspective Many of us have read this book in grade school but forget the lessons taught in this book. The way we view things can vary greatly from the original intention. How we approach different viewpoints and problem solving is also brought out in the book. This book shows us how greatly different a child's thoughts are different from an adult's thoughts. An adult's thinking may be at times hard to understand because there is no logic to it, it just keeps going around in circles, so to say. Many people around the world have enjoyed this book, for it has been translated into other languages. Although being a children's book, it is so thought provoking that any person at any age can enjoy it.
Date published: 2012-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds such an Important Message I absolutely loved the meaning within this book. Viewing the world through the eyes of a child is so easily forgotten as one grows older, but this book reminds us of the importance of it all. I recommend this book to everyone at any age, but mostly to elementary school teachers!
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the illustrations! An important book for both children and adults alike, with different beauty and meaning every time you read it. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. A must read, this book written by Antoine De Saint-Exupery appeals to all ages. This book revolves around the human condition and the different kinds of people that exist in the world. It goes to show that how we are treated as a child has a big impact of how we go about our futures and our lives. The narrator told the story that when he was younger he tried to draw an boa constrictor with an elephant inside of him. Lots of the adults thought it was a hat and then they told him to stop wasting his time on silly drawings and to focus on more on academics. Had this child been encouraged to draw more, he could have been one of the great artists that many of us admire today. When the Narrator becomes stranded in the desert, the little prince comes to him and he tells the story of his adventures that led him to earth and the many people he met. Some childish, foolish, some selfless...there are many lessons to be learn upon reading this book.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Inspirational Story This book is one of my favorites of all time. I have always herd of this book as being for little kids, but the meaning is far more than a simple child’s story. The Little Prince is a story of a whole new world, and our world at the same time. Reading this book was truly inspirational to me, and I strongly recommend it for those who are curious about the meanings of life. This small yet big book is one I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Date published: 2006-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic masterpiece This is a touching book with stunning simplicity and an exquisite message. It's amazing how much this small boy has taught me about the important things in life.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful short read This book was short but beautifully written, it gives lifes simplest lessons, which we all forget. It is an opportunity to realize what we as humans do and to make changes from then on. I enjoyed this book it was not only a life lesson for the adult reader can learn from but also caters to children as well, it is written in a simplist way however has a powerful messege. You can read this book to your child or any kid and you will learn lots from it too.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for everybody A marvelous great book which is not only for kids but also more for adults who are too much deep into materialistic life that they don't notice who they became to. I really recommend to all adults to read it several times once a while as a reminder! Don't forget the child inside you.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from more than a kids' story I read this book for the first time in my grade 9 French class and, though I loved it, I took a long time to seek out the English version. I thought that much of what I considered to be the book's charm would be lost in translation and, while this was true to some extent, the tiny, planet-hopping protagonist still proved to be engaging. The Little Prince is witty, wise, beautifully illustrated, and definitely not just for kids.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woot. i love the little prince. it is sooo funny. the begining with the drawing, i was like, laughing out loud. I love the little prince and the rose!! :D it was like, flowers are so inconsistent! HAHAAHHAA. yeah...great book.
Date published: 2005-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Prince This is the best book I've read. THE LITTLE PRINCE is just a very simple story. A simple story that can wrap up the big meaning of life. This book can help you reflect on what's really important in your life. I've read this over and over. Each time I finish, this story succeeds in touching my heart.
Date published: 2004-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a MUST read this book is so cute, so eloquent and so touching that no matter what your age, you'll love it and never want to put it down! READ IT! i read it in English and French and loved it both times
Date published: 2003-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection this book is everything i live and follow. It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important. That line makes me cry like a baby, because i know how true it is. the poetic & simple style of this book will appeal to children and adults and everyone between. read the story of the little prince, and his love for a rose, if you havent already. and if you have, read it again. it changed my life forever.
Date published: 2002-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is the most beautiful book that I have ever read. The complexity and the poetry of the words and the little prince himself and the philosophies make this book so beautiful, quixotic and idyllic. I wish I could meet the little prince, and wrap my arms around his frail little body. This book is so inspirational, it touches a special part of my soul.
Date published: 2001-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding children This book is a "must read". Upon reading this book, if you don't shame yourself for having become one of those adults who did not understand you when you were a child, you have no feelings. Learn from children.
Date published: 2001-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Prince A Prince came to this world to get help from a little boy to create a world for him. Using his imagination, he creates a world for the little prince. Each day he learns more things. IF you wanna find out what happens in the end, buy the book and start reading!!
Date published: 2000-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Sometimes being an adult, involved in endless affairs that present no purpose at all, we fail to see simplicity in life. Each time I read The Little Prince, I find something new in my life to cherrish about, a new way to make peace with my inner self. I think the book sends a message to all of us: do not forget the important things in life, such as life itself.
Date published: 2000-06-16

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From Our Editors

The mysteries of this sweet and searching book continue to amaze, nearly 60 years since its original publication by the equally mysterious pilot/inventor/author/illustrator, Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- his career ended in 1944 when his reconnaissance aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean, pursued by a German fighter plane. For those of us who first read the fable in French, the translation may bring up more questions than it answers about the elliptical text, but the experience of re-reading it is immensely satisfying nonetheless. One of the most delightful aspects of this new translation is the addition of the restored original artwork, simple yet evocative sketches and watercolour paintings of a soulful little boy with big, curious eyes and tousled blond hair, and wonderful thumbnail drawings that punctuate the text on almost every page.The narrator his unlikely tale with an explanation of his failed career as an artist because adults failed to see the meaning in his sketch of an elephant inside a boa constrictor. We meet him again in the middle of a desert with an airplane engine in disrepair and only eight days' water supply. It is in this unlikely place that he first meets the Little Prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. From this unusual beginning, readers are drawn into a fantastic tale of the Little Prince's allegorical campaign against encroaching baobab trees, his journey among the stars and the mostly unpleasant people he meets there -- adults with little imagination and badly skewed values. This life-affirming secret -- what is truly important -- is revealed in the Little Prince's relationships with the single rose on his own planet and a little fox he meets here on Earth ... and also with our narrator. He tames them, makes friends with them and therefore becomes responsible for them, and that invisible sense of responsibility, of love, is what matters most. The story rings with a sad and yet oh so hopeful and inspiring and sustained note -- each new reading reveals new meaning.

Editorial Reviews

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.