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 recon...

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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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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.

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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.