Toute l'actualité du petit prince

The Toys “R” Us auction returns

Two dolls from a limited-edition series of 250 each were among the lots donated by toy retailing giant Toys “R” Us. The hand-painted dolls, produced by the luxury doll specialist firm of R. John Wright, were sold at auction for €1,400 (the Little Prince in a tunic) and €2,300 (the Little Prince in uniform)! Toys “R” Us also donated other lots that raised a total of €37,000 to help voluntary group Association Petits Princes continue to bring dreams to life for sick children.


Be the Little Prince’s friend…

… on Facebook! Join the official group and keep up to date with all the news, and enjoy the webisodes and other videos as soon as they go online.
The Little Prince’s Wall: post a message for the Little Prince and his friends on his Wall. Ask questions, exchange ideas, discuss with others and create ties!
Over 3,000 fans have already answered the Little Prince’s invitation. What are you waiting for?
See you on Facebook!


A great poster for good causes

The Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation, which recently launched its website, has embarked on a number of humanitarian campaigns, details of which you will find here.
If you would like to support the Foundation, the online store has the ideal solution: a magnificent poster of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in his flying gear of leather jacket and helmet, for just €14.99. Printed from a famous photo of the writer, it features his famous smile with its barely concealed hint of mischief. Proceeds from sales of the 50 x 70cm poster, published by Editions Michel de Seguins, go to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.


Claude Werth talks to us about his father and Saint-Exupéry

This weekend, we are looking back to another of our favourite interviews on the subject of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The story of The Little Prince was dedicated to Léon Werth, art critic, writer and, above all, friend of Saint-Exupéry. In 2010, his son, Claude Werth, kindly agreed to share with us some of his childhood memories of meeting Saint-Exupéry. The first encounter between his father and Saint-Exupéry, the magic tricks Antoine de Saint-Exupéry would perform, the notes he left for Léon Werth in the form of drawings, a child’s first experience of flying aboard the famous Simoun, the dedication of The Little Prince… all the memories are there.

Lance Horne makes fun of the Little Prince in song

Lance Horne, music director, lyricist, singer and musician, is well known in the world of musicals: a one-man orchestra with a finger in many different pies. In 2011, he releases his début album, First Thing Last, a rich pot-pourri of musical styles (musicals, pop, jazz, etc.).
One song certainly caught our eye (and ear): I Hate the Little Prince. In it, Lance Horne recalls the ten years he spent in Paris and launches an attack on the Little Prince, whom he claims to hate.

Here are some of the words:
I know it’s forbidden to say it, I know it’s a cultural institution
But the thing that separates me from the Parisians
I hate the little Prince
I don’t care about the kid on the lonely planet
I don’t care about the flower
I don’t even think the illustrations are decent
I really hate the little Prince, I really mean it.

Listen to a live version of the song.

Exclusive Footage from the Little Prince Cartoon.

Exclusive from the Little Prince official site, here comes a never-seen footage from The Little Prince TV Serie. Discover today 2 minutes from the cartoon where the Little Prince discover the mysterious Firebird :

Talking about Saint-Exupéry with Gérard Feldzer

Gérard Feldzer, former Director of the Paris Air and Space Museum (Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace), is a well-known figure. He  currently chairs the Ile de France Regional Tourism Committee and also presents a programme on rolling news radio station France-Information: Circulez ! Il y a le monde à voir is on air every Saturday.
Above all, Gérard Feldzer is a pilot and a friend of Saint-Exupéry. In June 2009, we interviewed  him on the subject of flying, the perils of being a pilot in the days of l’Aéropostale, and Saint-Exupéry as an aviator. A fascinating encounter for you to discover or revisit.

Have a good weekend!

The Little Prince: a classic children’s book

We were delighted to see Le Petit Prince listed as a classic children’s book in Les 1001 livres d’enfants qu’il faut avoir lu pour grandir (1001 children’s books to read growing up). Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s tale features alongside such French children’s classics as Max et les Maximonstres, Les Trois Brigands or Le Prince de Motordu.
The story of the Little Prince is described as one that touches the heart of readers and lingers long in the memory. Even if you are a grown-up, it is never too late to read The Little Prince – quite the opposite, in fact.Les 1001 livres d’enfants qu’il faut avoir lu pour grandir - Flammarion

People are talking about the Little Prince series

The new series of the Little Prince is starting to attract attention in the press. We have a round-up of recent articles about the series that have appeared in the national press.The November edition ofLire magazine features an article on the series and explains how the project was designed for adaptation to children’s TV.On the 20 Minutes website, series producer Aton Soumache and France Télévisions’ head of youth programming Julien Borde talk about the series and explain the choices they made. 

2010 Saint-Exupéry Prize: the winners

Established in 1986 by Solange Marchal (Paris Councillor), Dr. Françoise Dolto and Paul Guth of the Académie Française, the Valeurs Jeunesse (youth values) Prize continues to be a big success, particularly in terms of its jury, which includes young readers, and as a springboard for the careers of prize-winning authors. 

The 2010 winners are:

L’amour en cage by Maryvonne Rippert – published by Seuil Jeunesse, in the novel category.

Malinga, Reine des Bonobos by Florence Guiraud – published by Seuil Jeunesse, in the album category.

Un avion dans la nuit by Maryse Rouy  – Hurtubise (Canada), in the Francophony category.

Find out more by visiting the  Prix Saint-Exupéry – Valeurs Jeunesse website.