The Little Prince is a beautiful story, and meeting some people can make a fine story, too. Whether it is a businessman in Korea, a teacher in France, a video game developer in Brazil, a therapist in the south of France, all have an unusual story to do with the Little Prince, a story that influences their everyday life.
They are the modern-day proof of the tale’s unfading universality. Meet Mr. Han, Rafael, Emeline and Véronique in the “Portrait” section.
And feel free to tell us about how you first met the Little Prince.
A harsh winter is behind us at last, and better weather is on the way. The mornings are still chilly, though, and it would be a good idea to take a look at the thermometer before setting off for school or work. The Little Prince online store has a range of lacquered metal thermometers, made in France.
A choice of three models is available: one represents the Little Prince taking flight, another the Little Prince in the desert, and the third the Little Prince and the fox.
Made by Editions Clouet, these thermometers give temperature readings in degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit, and are guaranteed mercury-free. For indoor and outdoor use.
Historical note: on 31 July 1944, Saint-Exupéry was to fly a reconnaissance mission over the French coast in preparation for the Allied landings in the south of France. It was his ninth mission, even though he had initially only been authorised to fly five, since he was over the maximum age limit for a pilot. He took off at 8 a.m., with enough fuel for 6 hours in the air. At 1 p.m., there was no sign of his aircraft; by 2 p.m., all hope was lost. Commandant Saint-Exupéry never returned to base. In 1998, a fishing vessel off the Ile de Riou found an identity bracelet caught in one of its nets. The bracelet was carefully examined and authenticated as having belonged to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In the wake of this discovery, the search for his missing P-38 aircraft was stepped up; in 2003, the wreck of a P-38 was brought to the surface and authenticated by experts.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s identity bracelet is the symbol of a mystery that has been hotly debated. Now the Musée de La Poste is exhibiting the bracelet in its “Treasures” display case in the Museum’s airmail room.
As part of its overall partnership with the Saint-Exupéry-d’Agay Estate, the Rhône-Alpes region of La Poste had already been involved with the Saint-Exupéry Centenary. This event is a further illustration of that continuing partnership.
the bracelet reads “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Consuelo) – c/o Reynal & Hitchcock. 386, 4th Ave. NYC USA”. The address is that of Saint-Exupéry’s U.S. publishers.
The bracelet will be on display from 17 March to 16 May 2010, at the Musée de La Poste – 34 bd de Vaugirard Paris 15. Tel: 01 42 79 24 24 – www.ladressemuseedelaposte.fr
Books belong to everyone, and The Little Prince is no exception. This extraordinary little tale numbers celebrities from all walks of life among its fans, some of them sportsmen who include the books in their list of favourite works.
Footballer Lilian Thuram has never made a secret of his interest in literature. His preference is for thought-provoking books: “I’ve always believed reading is important in forging character”. That’s why the world champion footballer encourages his children to read books he describes as initiatory. The collection includes Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and… The Little Prince. “The kind of book that gives you confidence in your dreams,” as he puts it. After winning the World Cup with the French football team in 1998, Lilian Thuram is now an author in his own right.
Omar Hasan, who plays rugby for Stade Toulousain, confesses to keeping a copy of The Little Prince on his bedside table: “As far as I’m concerned, The Little Prince is a literary jewel; absolutely simple and utterly fine”.
The author of the Little Prince led a rich and eventful life. The “Work” section offers a timeline of the most important years in Saint-Exupéry’s life. His books, his time at l’Aéropostale, his missions and his travels, etc.
Some of the most significant events feature a link, so click on the word or name to find out who Consuelo was, what “Flight to Arras” is about, and so on.
The section is immensely useful if you have read The Little Prince without really knowing anything about its author. Don’t miss the section on “The Birth of the Book”, which relates a number of anecdotes about the creation of this record-selling book that was written and drawn in the United States.
Two easy questions and a supplementary question! It’s simple and could win you great prizes: the giant pop-up book, for children and grown-ups to share, or the splendid “La Mémoire du Petit Prince” written by Jean-Pierre Guéno, a journal of Saint-Exupéry’s life “narrated” with love by the Little Prince. Discover previously unpublished writings and images about some of the highlights of Saint-Exupéry’s exciting life.
Last deadline for entries is midnight on 21 March. Head straight for the competition page – no time to lose!
In the wake of the success of “La Mémoire du Petit Prince”, we met with its author Jean-Pierre Guéno (“Paroles de poilus”) to talk about his book and his interest in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the Little Prince. The first part of the interview takes us back to the origins of the book, to the choice of narrator – none other than the Little Prince himself – and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s attachment to childhood.
Jean-Pierre Guéno places Saint-Exupéry in his “personal pantheon”, alongside authors such as Alain Fournier and Jean Moulin. More important even than talking to a successful author about his book was hearing directly from someone who was a friend of Saint-Exupéry, able to offer keys to a better understanding of the writer and pilot through extracts from books, photographs and other previously unseen documents.
The second part of this fascinating interview will be available next week.
As a popular icon, the Little Prince has already provided the inspiration for the identity and actions of a good number of voluntary organisations. As a partner to major brands, the Little Prince is also the symbol of a socially responsible company focused on the interests of its stakeholders.
Not long ago, in our “News” section, we told you about the new Réunica animated spots featuring the Little Prince that were broadcast as part of the France 3 “Des Racines et des Ailes” TV programme, designed to illustrate the close link between the values of the Little Prince and of Réunica.
We have an interview coming up with Laurent Morel, Brands and External Relations Manager at Réunica, but in the meantime why not check out the behind the scenes documentary video that explains why Réunica chose the Little Prince?
Our “Organisations” section presents a panorama of all the voluntary organisations whose names and actions are inspired by the Little Prince. Les Ailes du Petit Prince upholds the values of the book with talent and humanity, creating ties that go beyond differences. For over ten years, the organisation has sought to offer something special to children affected by disability or illness.
Its pilots may not be lost in the desert, but they reach out to little princes and princesses to take them soaring above the clouds aboard their aircraft. What these generous volunteers offer is so much more than a plane ride. They put their skills and their passion to work for an excellent cause: bringing excitement, escape and the thrill of flying to children who have missed out on so much of the carefree existence of childhood.
Sometimes pictures speak louder than words, so take a look at the film entitled Osez le ciel (“reach for the sky”), directed by Martin Rolland, which captures the work of the organisation through the eyes of young Alexandre, co-pilot for a day.
Find out about the voluntary organisations that are friends of the Little Prince in the “Organisations” section.