The Little Prince and Saint-Exupéry at the school gates

Reminder: 78% of French children (aged 6 to 15) know The Little Prince, and 81% say they enjoyed the story. (source: Ipsos 2008).


We often report on the many editions of The Little Prince, and the millions of copies sold around the world. In addition to the books sales, however, there are also a growing number of schools named after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and “Le Petit Prince”. In France, there are over 400 schools with one or the other name. Some schools actually use the story as inspiration for decorating their premises. Overseas, there are another 60 similarly named schools in countries and places as far apart as Argentina, Mali, Italy or Quebec.


It is hard to say exactly why the schools adopt these names. Is it because their pupils are little princes themselves, in search of a certain knowledge?