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Le Petit Prince (French Language Edition) (French) Paperback – September 4, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0156013987 ISBN-10: 0156013983 Edition: French language

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.; French language edition (September 4, 2001)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0156013983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156013987
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Delineated with a delicate touch, the paper engineering adds a new dimension to this wistful fairy tale without overpowering it, enhancing the story s subtleties and echoing its sense of wonder."--School Library Journal

</DIV>"This lovely edition boasts the complete original text and illustrations that are also a delight for the eyes."--Entertainment Weekly</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>"While a pop-up edition of de Saint-Exupery's enduring tale may initially seem like a gimmick, the resulting volume is a beautiful piece of bookmaking that actually extends the classic story ... this unabridged volume offers a creative, accessible entree to the timeless story."--Booklist</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>"The pleasing visual effects are subtle, but add an appropriate sense of magic." --Publishers Weekly</DIV> --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Language Notes

Text: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, France. He took his first flight at the age of eleven, and became a pilot at twenty-six. He was a pioneer of international commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Southern Mail. In 1944, while serving with his French air squadron, he disappeared during a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean.

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This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.
Maia
The book changed the way i looked at the world when i read it as a kid in english, and as i learned french i knew i had to have a copy in the original language!
Ben
I was given this book to read for a high school French class, and I'm so glad I did.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By "littleoldme" on April 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was given this book to read for a high school French class, and I'm so glad I did. (If you're by some fluke reading this, Coop, thanks so much for introducing me to "Le petit prince"!) It may be classified here as "children's" literature, but it's so much more. This is a beautiful, moving story of the little prince and his journeys through planets and on Earth. It contains some incredibly deep philosophy and will make you appreciate the simplicity and innocence of childhood... and make you want to regain that outlook on life. I know that I'm trying to see the world as a child again.
...Et si vous pouvez lire ce livre en français, c'est beaucoup plus beau. Le livre en anglais n'est pas mal, mais il n'y a pas l'élégance.
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... if you, like me, are looking for the original French. This edition is a low-budget knockoff, an affront to Saint-Exupery's memory and genius. You can tell that it's illegitimate because there's no publisher information page. As another reviewer says, the photos all look as though they have been scanned and reprinted in a very low-quality format. They were so heinous that I barely scanned the text itself before throwing it back in the return box. I'm going to try the dark blue Harcourt version next, Le Petit Prince Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.; French language edition. They're the publishing house that absorbed the original publishers, Reynal & Hitchcock (according to Wikipedia). I quote directly from Amazon's Book Description:

"In 2000 Harcourt proudly reissued Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's masterpiece, The Little Prince, in a sparkling new format. Newly translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard, this timeless classic was embraced by critics and readers across the country for its purity and beauty of expression. And Saint-Exupéry's beloved artwork was restored and remastered to present his work in its original and vibrant colors.

Now Harcourt is issuing uniform full-color foreign language editions. The restored artwork glows like never before. These affordable and beautiful editions are sure to delight an entire new generation of readers, students, children, and adults for whom Saint-Exupéry's story will open the door to a new understanding of life."

That sounds much more promising! And it appears to even cost less than the Petra Books knockoff. I hope my review prevents another Francophile from making my mistake and ordering the abomination in yellow.

Edit: I received my Harcourt copy and it's beautiful. Lots of full-color illustrations, gorgeous typeset and layout. I'm very pleased with it!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
I do not read a lot of books. I have only read what was assigned to me throughout school and the occasional NY Times bestseller. A friend of mine gave me this book as a gift one day, she said I would enjoy it. She was right - I loved it. I didn't read it right away, but when I did I couldn't put it down. I am not an emotional person, or at least I never thought of myself as one, but this book made me look at myself and it broke my heart. I related with the character of the pilot and I felt as though the Little Prince was talking to me. The book helped me realize that I had forgotten a lot of things since childhood, like the meaning of friendship. The book also reminded me of what love really is. It made me realize what "grown-ups" really are, children who lost their innocence. The greatest thing about the book is that it is universal. It's message is simple: "love has no prejuducies, never dies and always forgives." It is a children's story but it is something all adults should read. There are few books that can do what this "children's story" can do. It will make you laugh, break your heart and make you think about what really is important in your life.
- Jeff
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was one of my favorites as a child...it is surreal, sweet, and teaches a valuable lesson on love. The story of lost and rediscovered love is one of the most pure and true things ever written.
In this, the French (original) language version, that purity seems even more clear. It was one of my first "real books" to translate as a young student of French, but it holds up to me as an adult, in both languages.
Illustrated with lovely and simple pictures of the Prince and his rose, this French language book is a must for Francophones of all ages. The English translation edition is a must for everyone else!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
'Le petit prince' is a fabulous book that talks about a little prince that loves his planet and takes the advice of his flower which seems to him the most beautiful rose. But a fox that he meets teaches him the most important secret of all life: and that is that you see the real things with your heart and not your eyes, that your eyes only hide the true beauty of being alive. Just by looking at a person you can't tell who they are. You have to become friends and look with your heart to see what is really in front of you and what you are missing. The world would be a better place if people looked with their hearts and not their eyes; and by reading the little prince's story, 'Le petit prince' will you come to know this. It is a touching story that taught me a lot about this world. Read it.
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