The Little Prince (CD)
By Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(Editions Alexandre Stanke Inc, Compact Disc, Abridged, 9782895170716, 4pp.)
Publication Date: October 2000
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A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," the stranger says, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out a pencil and paper, and thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has forever changed the world for its readers. This fabulous audio version, told by Richard Gere and featuring the young Haley Joel Osment as the Little Prince, brings to life this beautiful story and captures listeners of all ages.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) was a French aviator and author. He had a passion for adventure and was one of the pioneers of international postal flight in the days when aircraft had few instruments. He flew routes across Spain into Africa and also flew in Brazil and Argentina for a time. He survived a 1935 crash in the Sahara, an experience he made reference to in his fable, The Little Prince, which begins with a pilot being marooned in the desert. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined the French Air Force, but with Germany's occupation of France, he relocated to the U.S. and Canada, where he spent the majority of his time writing. Toward the end of World War II, he joined the Free French Forces and fought with the Allies despite being older than most men in the squadron. He disappeared on a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean in July 1944.
Author Antoine Saint-Exupery was French, but his beloved book, The Little Prince, wasn't written in Paris. Saint-Exupery wrote it in New York, and even included references to the island in his original manuscript. More at NPR.org
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