Le Petit Prince: French Edition (French) Revised Edition
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About the Author
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, 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.
- Grade level : 5 - 8
- Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0152164157
- Product dimensions : 9.07 x 7.39 x 0.49 inches
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Revised edition (September 4, 2001)
- Language: : French
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's not much to say that others have not already said by others, so, I'll just say read it. You won't be sorry.
There are benefits to buying this book in French, if you are able. The English translation is nice, but the French seems to be much more "complete" and satisfying. It reads like it was meant to be read. This book is also fantastic for language learning. I first read it in my third year of studying French, and while I found it to be difficult at the time, I was surprised by how much I recognized and was able to understand. All in all, in English or in French, this book is a classic for a reason, and I would encourage everyone to discover its spell for themselves.
Not sure what one can add beyond what millions must have said ready... moving, funny, charming and entirely wonderful.
I was first introduced to this story in middle-school. I'll freely admit that I was not the best French student -- and even though I passed my graduate reading exam in French for an MA, my French is still not that strong.
Fine. Read the book in English, if your French isn't that good! (Preferably the FIRST English edition, not the "updated" version!)
This is a beautiful and poignant story which will resonate with all but the hardest of hearts. I wish to visit Asteroid B-612!
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I hope the message in the Little Prince is not totally lost today, in this modern world, where children play on Ipads and xbox but do not how to look at a rose anymore (well, I hope some of them, some of us, still do).
This little book has some very important messages. St Exupéry, through the Little Prince says that basically, we only appreciate what we have once we lost it. The Petit Prince was too young to understand love, and therefore, went to see if the grass was greener the other side. Also, it shows that love is in the eye of the beholder, as when when The Little Prince finds himself in a rose garden, he realises that his rose was not unique, so, he become sad, but this discovery also gives birth to a sentiment of responsibility. His rose was selfish, extremely demanding but she did not know she was not unique. So, we also have a bit of pity here.
And we worry about unimportant things or things that have not happened. It is also the story of strong friendship (the silver fox).
The style of the book is very simple because it is primarily for children, but it is also for adults, to invite them to rediscover their inner child, or the child they were. Because, after all, and I loosely quote Antoine de St Exupéry, adults were children once but they have forgotten.
If, as an adult, you have not read The Little Prince, then please, do so. The drawings are beautiful too. And after all, what if the story of the Little Prince was simply a dream?
Or maybe, you will meet your own silver fox?
I have not read yet the English version but I have just bought it.
Disliked : it’s clearly photocopied paper assembled together, therefore the quality of the text and images aren’t at their best. Also they’re in B&W, I don’t know if the classical French publishing houses print the drawings in colour. I was expecting a worse cover but a better inside...
Then also I can highlight (in a choice of colours) words or phrases that I want to ask about in my french class and then take it along with me.
Other than all that, it is a charming little story, which I have already read a couple of times in English.
Le contenu est à l'égal de la qualité matérielle du livre. Je rêvais de lire cette oeuvre depuis longtemps et je n'en suis pas déçu. C'est un voyage empreint d'humanité, d'innocence, d'idéalisme, de beauté, mais aussi de tristesse et de mélancolie, avec, dans l'ombre, le constat glaçant de l'état du monde et des "grandes personnes" trop adultes, trop sérieuses, pas rêveuses. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry a indéniablement imprégné l'histoire et le petit prince d'éléments de sa vie et de ses états d'âmes. Un lecteur clairvoyant comprendra ainsi son désir de voler, de s'échapper du monde terrestre tel qu'il le connaissait, en quête d'un monde meilleur peut-être...