The Little Prince
by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Translated by Katherine Woods)
Harcourt, Brace and World
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Desciption: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry first published The Little Prince in 1943, only a year before his Lockheed P-38 vanished over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission. More than a half century later, this fable of love and loneliness has lost none of its power. The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little, well, prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. "In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don't dare disobey," the narrator recalls. "Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket." And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator's imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.
Mini Book Review: My goodness what an absolutely delightful and wise story. I cannot believe I had never even heard of this one before. The author has a true understanding of children and what children think of adults. The language at times is a little difficult for modern younger readers, but you have to remember this was written in the 1940's. I do recommend this one as a story that you would read with your children and explain to them some of the language. I don't have the words to describe why you should read this or why I enjoyed it so much, so I will leave you with a quote from the book, that really explains the main idea of the story
"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."
I borrowed this from the collection at the North Campus of the Humber College Library (And read it in my office without checking it out -- shhh don't tell Natasha). I read it as part of my BBC Challenge
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