“Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet so tiny, so tiny… that he didn’t even have a name”. This sentence marks the beginning of the poetic and moving story of The Little Prince, one of the most beautiful works of world literature. Its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote and published this beautiful work in New York and not in France due to the outbreak of World War II. An aviator, poet, novelist, essayist, journalist, illustrator and philosopher, despite his premature death, the author left us a majestic work. The Little Prince is a true jewel of literature. Published in April 1943, this story of infinite beauty explores the most important values of life. Not to be missed.
Story of “The Little Prince” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“You can only see with your heart. What is really important is invisible to the eye”. This sentence is an example of the beauty that we will see printed in the pages of this marvellous work. A cornerstone of literature, the whole story is, in reality, a metaphor. An intelligent and profound reflection on the desires, concerns and behaviours that govern the existence of human beings.
The Little Prince is the story of a pilot who, forced to land in the Sahara desert because of a breakdown in his plane, meets a little boy. It is a little prince from the asteroid B 612, with whom he strikes up a conversation. Thus, little by little, a relationship is established between them in which the prince will have much to contribute by explaining his personal experiences and deepest thoughts to the pilot.
An elegant work, direct and simple in style, it is an excellent reflection on life, society and love.
The Little Prince for children
Although, due to its simple style, narrated as a fairy tale, one might think that this is a work for children, the reflective nature of the work makes it a story of interest to all ages. The original work is full of metaphors, symbolism and philosophical messages, but today there are numerous adaptations of the original work that are suitable for all levels and educational purposes. For children, at El Antequirófano we recommend Mi primer Principito (Editorial Bruño), adapted by Gabriela Keselman and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This beautiful edition, carefully adapted for the little ones, will delight both them and their parents. It is undoubtedly a wonderful way of instilling in them a passion for literature
Moreover, through some of its characters such as the king, the fox or the rose, children will learn stories about values such as friendship, love, the beauty of little things, respect, illusion and hope. In short, the feelings that nourish our lives
The Little Prince at the cinema
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was made into a film. In fact, the work has been adapted several times. The latest, released in 2015 and directed by Mark Osborne, is the first animated adaptation. The film combines two different animation techniques in order to differentiate the two stories that complement each other in the film: computer-generated animation and stop-motion animation, created entirely on paper.
About the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger Conde de Saint-Exupéry was born on 29 June 1900 in Lyon (France). After secondary school, he tried to enter the French Naval Academy, but failed the entrance exam. After a year at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he did his military service and trained as an aircraft mechanic. He completed his training with private flying lessons to become a pilot
His success as an author came with his first novel, El aviador, and also with his second, Vuelo nocturno, for which he was awarded the Femina prize. The anthology Land of Men, with texts on companionship and humanity, won him the Grand Prix de l’Académie Française. In 1943 she finished her best known work, The Little Prince. During a reconnaissance flight on 31 July 1944, in the middle of the Second World War, Saint-Exupéry’s plane tragically disappeared at sea
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