The Little Prince, Hardback
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A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries.

He pulls out pencil and paper...Thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed the world forever for its readers.

Often seen as a symbol of childhood innocence, Antoine de Saint-Exupery's best-selling book The Little Prince is cherished by children and adults alike across the globe.

It is ideal for children aged 7 and up. This beautiful edition contains the definitive translation and all the original illustrations.

The Little Prince joins the ranks of A Little Princess, The Secret Garden & Peter Pan as a genuine children's classic of the twentieth century.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery was born in 1900 in Lyon. In 1921, he began his training as a pilot By 1926, he had became one of the pioneers of international postal flight.

In 1945 he embarked on a record-breaking attempt to fly from Paris to Saigon. Nineteen hours into the flight, his plane crashed in the Sahara desert.

He survived the crash but spent three days battling dehydration, limited food and hallucinations.

On the fourth day, the was rescued. In part, this experience was the inspiration for 'The Little Prince'.

He continued to fly until World War II, during which he took self-imposed exile.

On 31 July 1944, he disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9781405216340



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"This a beautiful, sweet tale built completely on metaphor and symbolism. I don't remember reading it as a child; instead, I remember seeing the Will Vinton claymation cartoon version, which I did not like. I saw it again recently and I still didn't like it: it's unnerving, trippy, and despite what were probably the best intentions, so determined to be meaningful it becomes oblique. Unless you're a real connoisseur of stop-motion animation, it's best to skip it. The book is another beast entirely. Freed from the constraints of a half hour time limit and an adult performing a child's voice, ""The Little Prince"" reveals its simple, imaginative (and very European) power. There is no reason to try and ingest this story all at once. It should be dwelled upon and enjoyed, like a series of fables. And once you've rendered it down to the language of fables and fairy tales, it becomes obvious that none of it is to be taken too literally. You have to look beyond concrete information - as the story says, the sheep *inside* the box. I had the fortune of reading ""The Little Prince"" on the last night I spent with my old cat, a wild warrior creature who wandered into my backyard fourteen years earlier and decided not to leave. Over time, we tamed each other - much like the little Prince and his fox. I read those lines of the story aloud to her that night, even as I knew I was saying goodbye, and I realized they had a deep truth. Religious, spiritual or otherwise, everybody is affected by relationships. Everybody has to say goodbye to a loved one sometime. And everyone looks for some kind of meaning or reason.""The Little Prince"" does not offer that meaning or reason. What it does offer is a profound way of looking at the beauty of life and the world and people around you. Answers are irrelevant and completely distinct from inner truth. I'm not sure I would have understood this book as a child. I'm so happy to have discovered it now. Now I know how to listen to the stars, and I know that it is so important...

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