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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Little Prince (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Little Prince got a movie version in 2015, over 50 years after it was released. 
Book Review
The Little Prince (1943)
 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

   At the time I was reading through the 1940's section of the 1001 Books list, I just couldn't bring myself to check The Little Prince out of the San Diego Public Library.  Circling back through the 1940's, I noticed it and pulled down the illustrated (!) ebook from the Los Angeles Public Library.  The Little Prince is one of those books that proves the distinction between kids and adult literature is a permeable boundary, and that many classics of the adult canon began as a book written for children.

  I can't think of another illustrated book/picture book that made it onto the 1001 Books list.  Saint-Exupery both wrote and illustrated the book, and the image of this winsome prince standing on his tiny planet is more iconic than any of the language in the book.

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