The Pilot and the Little Prince (Hardcover)

The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

By Peter Sis, Peter Sis (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374380694, 48pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

List Price: 18.99*
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Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. Antoine dreamed of flying and grew up to be a pilot--and that was when his adventures began. He found a job delivering mail by plane, which had never been done before. He and his fellow pilots traveled to faraway places and discovered new ways of getting from one place to the next. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts. He battled winds and storms. He tried to break aviation records, and sometimes he even crashed. From his plane, Antoine looked down on the earth and was inspired to write about his life and his pilot-hero friends in memoirs and in fiction. Peter Sis's remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world. This title has Common Core connections.

A Frances Foster Book

About the Author

Peter Sis is the internationally renowned author and/or illustrator of many books for children. He is the recipient of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration and has also been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He has lived in and around New York City since 1984.

Praise For The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Sís’ works are less picture books than little miracles of design, a craft he now devotes to a biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. That de Saint-Exupéry’s life was interesting in its own right—growing up fatherless, pioneering ever-more dangerous airmail delivery routes, flying in WWII—is nearly besides the point, because Sís has created such a compelling, multilayered visual treat." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW "Sís’s handling of the aviator’s last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty, and quiet wonder that connect the life and longings of Saint-Exupéry to those of his young, fictional friend. Brilliant bookmaking." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW "Extraordinary and wonderful." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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