Without knowing it I have been brought up with quite a few French children’s books, and as an adult I realise that they were some of my very favourites. The Babar series are a classic, and another one is Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. I was therefore as happy as a child when I found out there’s actually a fan store entirely dedicated to the world of this book, opened only a few weeks ago.
Actually, the shop relocated from a residential area (on the corner from where I live and I never knew!) to the central area of Saint Germain des Prés, where it is much more likely to be discovered by tourists. Nonetheless, the shop is managed with style and organised by the Fondation d’Antoine de Saint Exupéry that aims to improve children’s lives globally. So the ideas of the famous children’s book are indeed commercialized, but idealism has not completely lost its way.
My favourite item in the shop is without any doubt the fluffy fox. Although marketed for children I would absolutely have bought one if it weren’t for my tiny Parisian apartment. (There is a king size version that you can caress in store, too.)
Obviously you can also buy copies of the famous book, as well as other related and unrelated books. Interesting for adults too are the stationery products, as a little notebook with the little prince in one’s bag adds a glimpse of poetry to one’s daily life, no?
Le Petit Prince | Shopping | For a fox € 25
11:00 – 19:00 daily