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The Little Prince: coming soon to La Défense…

The summer holidays are coming to an end, but there’s still something to smile about: on 24 September, the Grande Arche de la Défense will be the backdrop for a son et lumière show directed by Joseph Couturier.

The show was first staged in 2000, to mark the 100th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s birth. Now it’s back, in a new production. The Little Prince and his planets are brought to life with pyrotechnics and video and laser technology. French actor Pierre Arditi provides the narration for this spectacular event.

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Meeting with a fan!

Virgil Tanase is a writer and theatre director. Well-versed in the works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, he has also written a stage adaptation of the Little Prince.

If you’ve been wondering about Saint-Exupéry’s posthumously published literary testament Wisdom of the Sands or the meaning of The Little Prince, then this interview is for you. Have a good weekend !

When you enter this “Little Prince” attraction…

… you’ll need to look up.

It is an unusually large Little Prince that awaits you at the entrance to the 4D cinema screening a totally new Little Prince adventure. Take a look here at the Little Prince as you’ve never seen him before, in preparation for your next visit to Futuroscope.

It’s back to school for the online store!

The first day of school is getting closer by the minute, and for those who haven’t yet stocked up on all their school supplies, now is the time!

You’ll find all the essentials for a well-prepared school bag: eraser, notebooks, exercise books, pencil cases, pens and even the bags to put them in! With these great accessories, your kids will be fully kitted out for 2011 in a distinctive style of their own.

Remember, too, that the Little Prince moleskin notebooks are still available from the online store!


Exclusive excerpt from the Planet of Jade!

When they arrive on the planet of the Lithians, a people made of stone, the Little Prince and the fox discover a city threatened by briars.

That’s the brief synopsis of the next Little Prince adventure. While you’re waiting to find out more about the Lithians and their world, here’s an exclusive excerpt from the episode, which will be shown on 7 September on France 3. Make the most of the privilege: this excerpt is available here only, and nowhere else.

New bookplates for the Little Prince graphic novels!

September is the big month for Little Prince graphic novels!

Here’s an exclusive peek at the Little Prince bookplates to be distributed throughout September in all major branches of FNAC and other leading bookstores in Paris and around France. Special events have been organised, where you can meet the authors of the Glénat graphic novels of the Little Prince and have these lovely images specially signed for you. The joyous Little Prince, accompanied as ever by his friend the fox, is true in every way to the image of the little boy in the book we all love so much. These splendid bookplates are worth framing and hanging on the wall at home like works of art in their own right.

Here is the schedule, so be sure not to miss an event near you:

Here is the programme:

  • 7 September 2011: publication of the first two graphic novels (Planet of the Wind and Planet of the Firebird)

FNAC des Ternes (Paris)

  • 4 Wednesday workshops

◦                                  Wednesday 7 September 2011: 1 reading workshop (with Gabriel Bismuth-Bienaimé and Franck Capillery)

◦          Learn to draw the Little Prince graphic novel character

◦          Learn to draw the characters and settings

◦          Learn to draw a page of the Little Prince graphic novel

◦          Author signing sessions on Saturday 17 September

Regional FNAC stores

Exhibition “How the Little Prince graphic novel was drawn”

◦             24/09: Strasbourg

◦             01/10: Toulouse

◦             15/10: Lille

◦             02/11: Nantes

◦             09/11: Lyon

◦             16/11: Marseille

◦            19/11: Bordeaux

◦           26/11 and 27/11: Colmar Book Fair

Regional bookstores

24/09: Librairie Decitre (Strasbourg) + signing session.

Diaries at the ready! We want to see you out in strength!

The Little Prince needs his friends: children, that means you!

For a project in the pipeline, we’d like to know what children have to say about the world of the Little Prince and his new adventures. Have you seen the Planet of the Firebird and, if so, what did you think?

In this episode of the Planet of the Firebird, we meet a sister and brother who have quarrelled and are mad at one other. That’d why we’d like to hear what children have to say on the subject of:

- Jealousy between brothers and sisters

- Forgiveness

Please send a photo with your contribution. Contact:

And thank you for taking part!

Coming soon: the Little Prince in La Défense…

Here’s a date for your diary ! Nothing is too good for the Little Prince. Fresh from his new appearance at Futuroscope, the Little Prince has a date with his friends in La Défense for a son et lumière show with fireworks organised by Jacques Couturier (the maestro who designed the fireworks display for Monaco’s royal wedding this summer). 
 The date ? 24 September 2011.

Meanwhile, find out more about Jacques Couturier’s work on his official website.

Sleep in Saint-Exupéry’s room…

Perhaps you have been lucky enough this summer to have visited the exhibition dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry at the Cour du Capitole in Toulouse. The exhibition pays tribute to Saint-Exupéry as both pilot and author, featuring unique items such as an edition of Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand and Stars) printed on aircraft canvas, or the famous identity bracelet recovered from the Mediterranean a few years ago.

Should you be passing through the “pink city”, try and make time to spend the night there… but not just anywhere! Whenever he visited Toulouse, Saint-Exupéry always made a point of staying at “Le Grand Balcon”, a modest family hotel run by the Marquès sisters, a favourite with Didier Daurat’s pilots and mechanics of the day.

The hotel still exists, but nowadays as a luxury hotel rather than a  modest pension. Room 32, renovated by interior decorator Jean-Philippe Nuel, offers every modern convenience while retaining its period style. A screen conceals an old-fashioned toilet and bidet (there is also a full modern bathroom adjoining), and a desk stands in one corner. Such is the “Saint-Exupéry” suite, and very popular it is, too!

“Fans of the writer call from as far afield as Japan to book the room, and aviation enthusiasts fight to book it,” reports the hotel’s receptionist.

So when is your turn?

Reminder: the exhibition runs from 1st July to 30th September 2011 at the Cour du Capitole (Cour Henri IV). Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. In French, English and Spanish.

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Summer on stage for the Little Prince…

This summer, the Little Prince is making his mark on stage. Throughout the summer, theatres have been giving us an opportunity to get in touch with our inner child.

Drama courses directed by Marie Pistekova are being held in Rennes this summer. Children from all over the world come to take part in the classes run by the Czech director. The courses are designed for children, teenagers and adults, and culminate in a stage production of one form or another: improvisations or adaptations of the Little Prince. Take your pick! « I’m the Little Prince,” proudly declared Brittany-Anne, 9 years old, from Texas.

While the children have fun in Rennes, far away in Nouméa theatre company Les Incompréhensibles are also staging their version of the famous story. This time, however, the masked actors are using puppets to act out the highlights of the tale. « We hope that adults will realise that the most important thing is to spend time on real human relationships,” says Jean-Paul Smadja, a member of the company.

The Théâtre du Damier, meanwhile, is spending this summer touring Normandy, presenting a musical comedy based on the Little Prince, directed by Clarisse Burnand and Arielle Bailleux. More information available on the official website.

So, are you ready for a journey back into childhood?