Savousepate, alias Marylène, is a web applications developer in Nancy. She is also a talented artist, and only too happy to respond to our call for drawings and paintings. Her favourite passage from the Little Prince is this one:
« Thus it was that the little prince tamed the fox. And when the time came for his departure, the fox said: “Oh, I shall cry!” “It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I wished you no harm but you wanted me to tame you.” “Yes, indeed,” said the fox. “But you are going to cry!” said the little prince. “That is so,” said the fox. “Then it has not helped you in any way!” “It has helped me,” said the fox, “because of the colour of the wheat fields.”
Savousepate has sent in a magnificent watercolour depicting the departure of the Little Prince. We love the gentle way it reminds us of the true value of a friendship. Find out more on her blog.
If you happen to live in or near Avignon, then you have a date with the Little Prince. We are talking, of course, about the show staged and performed by Sonia Petrovna to music composed by Laurent Petitgirard. A show that blends song, ballet and music and, in the words of Sonia Petrovna, “draws upon the metaphysics of the tale itself”. The performance is aimed at an audience of adults and children alike. Make a note of the date, 21 May, to experience all the magic of the Little Prince in a unique show, with lighting by Jacques Chatelet.
We will be attending the performance on 21 May to bring you an exclusive interview with Sonia Petrovna and extracts from the show. Expect to hear from us soon.
Here’s a date for your diary! On 26 May 2010, look out for an article by Jean-Pierre Guéno in the pages of Le Monde Magazine. The author of La Mémoire du Petit Prince returns to the subject of Saint-Exupéry’s hazardous mission over Arras on 23 May 1940. This was the mission that inspired his famous work Pilote de Guerre (Flight to Arras), which would later be banned by the German authorities. It is a must-read article that explains Saint-Exupéry’s difficult position during the Second World War and also harks back to the origins of the Little Prince.
In 2002, the role of the Little Prince was played by Jeff, a young singer just 13 years of age. The part of the aviator was played by Quebec singing star Daniel Lavoie. The show was an enormous success and even travelled to South Korea, where the Little Prince has many friends. Let’s start the week on a nostalgic note with a clip from the show, featuring the song Puisque c’est ma rose.
Elodie Stervinou, to call her by her real name, is a student in Rennes. The young artist’s blog is studded with light-hearted drawings full of references to Batman and video games. She has also published a hilariously funny web comic entitled Joseph, démon malveillant (Joseph the malevolent demon). Elosterv is also one of the very first artists to have answered our call for drawings of the Little Prince, with a delightful watercolour showing the Little Prince and his fox, looking up at the sky.
The news comes from the German centre for artificial intelligence research, which aims to change our experience of reading. Text 2.0 is a reading and language learning software package. It features a little red dot that takes you through the process of reading at an ideal pace. Text 2.0 also invites you to read a foreign language text out loud and corrects any faults in pronunciation. It even provides instant translations of words, as well as annotations. It offers a way of reading more, and more easily.
The Centre recently released a video demonstration of Text 2.0 at work, using The Little Prince. Watch it here.
Children’s newspaper Mon Quotidien asked its readers to name their favourite book. The Little Prince took first place, followed by Emile et les Détectives in second place and Alice in Wonderland third!
The craftsmen of the Monnaie de Paris, the Paris Mint, have once again taken the drawings of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for their inspiration. The gold medallions were designed with the greatest respect for the original works. The ideal gift to celebrate a birth or mark a child’s birthday, they reflect all the beauty and purity of the illustrations to the story of the Little Prince.
All medallions made from 18 carat gold. Diamond: 1 point.
We all have much-loved memories of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s watercolours. Michel de Seguins, one of the last lithographers still practising his art in Paris, has joined forces with the Bibliothèque des Introuvables in designing 20 large (400 x 320mm) lithographs taken from The Little Prince, printed on Arches 250g pure rag art paper.
This is an outstanding series that more than merits a place in your collection or to hang in a frame on your wall.
We all have a favourite illustration from The Little Prince and this boxed set, unique of its kind worldwide, is a perfect opportunity to display our preferred choice on the wall of home or office.
Over the pages of these news stories, we have seen countless drawings by amateur and professional artists paying tribute to the Little Prince. Now we are asking you to draw the Little Prince, the fox, or any other character from the story. Listen to your heart and let your felt pens, crayons and brushes speak for you…
Pass on the information to all your friends; we can’t wait to see your drawings. Send them in to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org