|"One sees clearly only with the heart. |
The essential is invisible to the eye."
Sweet little magnet with a sweet
little quote. Get it here.
So anyway, one year, when I was still teaching 6th, a fellow teacher (3rd grade) gave me a class set of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I had heard of this classic French novella before, but had never read it. Toward the end of that school year, reading club and I had read all of the books that I had class sets of, and we still had a few weeks of school left and didn't want to stop meeting. I pulled out Le Petit Prince, and we read that. I instantly fell in love. There was a lot of explaining on my part, because as you know if you have ever read this classic, it is a very philosophical little book, but the kids ended up really enjoying it too. I have not tried to read that book again with another group of students, but that hasn't stopped me from reading it again myself.
|image via Le Petit Prince|
If you have not read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, I definitely recommend going out and getting yourself a copy. In French or English. Or both. It is a beautiful little book, and the author was quite the Renaissance man- I included a quote from him here, on another post, which is what got me thinking about Le Petit Prince. Saint-Exupery was an aviator, a writer, and a poet. In 1935, he and his navigator were trying to break a speed record in an air race when they crashed in the Sahara Desert. In the book, we meet the little prince after the pilot-narrator of the story crash lands in the desert; the prince is also marooned there, having come from his little asteroid. The drawings in the book were originally watercolors painted by the author himself, and the figure of the little prince has become quite iconic, especially in France.
The plane Antoine de Saint-Exupery's was piloting on a mission was thought to have been gunned down during WWII; his body was never found, though the body of a French soldier did wash to shore near where he had been flying. In 1998, a fisherman near Marsailles found Exupery's i.d. bracelet hooked to a piece of fabric. A diver later found pieces of the plane that had gone down. The mystery surrounding the author's death had let some to speculate, and perhaps even to hope, that he had staged the crash (or perhaps just used it to his advantage) and simply disappeared from the public's eye.
Whatever may be the case, his legacy still lives on in his work, and most notably in the figure of The Little Prince.
|The author himself.|
|On the website where they sell this,|
when you translate the page from French it calls it
"Throw the Little Prince," so I'm assuming it
must be a throw blanket. Sadly, I don't speak
French, so I have to assume. Get it here-
they ship internationally.
|I love this part, in the very beginning of the book, when the narrator is telling us of the very first picture he drew. He had read about and seen a picture of "a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal." He learned that a boa constrictor eats the the prey whole, without chewing it, and then waits out the long process of digestion to finish off the animal. So he drew a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. I think it is brilliant logic there, and this idea stays true to the beautiful little minds of children.|
|image via kaien|
|This is the entrance to The Museum of the Little Prince in Tokyo.|
Tokyo, as in Japan. Not France.