Friends of the little prince

Around one million Japanese have so far visited the 10,000 square metre Museum of Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince, opened in 1999 in Hakone, which recounts the life of Saint-Exupéry and his most famous character. There is also a section dedicated to The Little Prince in the Saint-Exupéry Museum in Tarfaya (Morocco).

The little prince accompanies Saint-Exupéry on the statue erected in his honour on the Place Bellecour in Lyons (the work of Christiane Guillaubey), and in Toulouse (the work of  Madeleine de Tazenas). He is the central character of a fountain in Agay (Var), and there is also a statue of The Little Prince in Northport (USA), where the writer crafted his tale. A plaque on the wall of the La Grenouille restaurant in New York commemorates the fact that the building once housed the studio of painter Bernard Lamotte, where Saint-Exupéry supposedly sketched his first illustrations for the book. Groups of Friends of the Little Prince are also very numerous, from New York where President Howard Scherry organises literary walks in the footsteps of Saint-Exupéry, to as far afield as Russia and Argentina. Rosa Maxit, director of the Saboyano cultural centre in San-José has organised a number of exhibitions to introduce the Argentine public to the foreign language editions of The Little Prince.

In 2002, astronaut Philippe Perrin took with him into space a copy of Le Petit Prince and a badge featuring Saint-Exupéry’s best-loved character.
As part of the year of celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre) chose The Little  Prince to be its ambassador for the Know Your Rights campaign aimed at making children better informed about their rights.

78% of French children (aged between 6 and 15) know Le Petit Prince and 81% say they liked the story. Amongst adults, the book ranks third in the category of « books that have marked you for life » (sources: Ipsos 2008, Sofres 2004).