96 pages, 7.91 × 5.36 × 0.27 in
June 15, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156012197
ISBN - 13: 9780156012195
About the Book
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. Howard's new translation of this beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupery's unique, gifted style. Color and b&w illustrations.
From the Publisher
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).
About the Author
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 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.
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
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.