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The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Published: 2003-04-01
Hardcover : 96 pages
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Since 1943, the wise little boy from Asteroid B-612 has led children and their adults to deeper understandings of love, friendship, and responsibility. The Little Prince is a cherished story, read by millions of people in more than a hundred languages. In honor of its sixtieth ...
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Since 1943, the wise little boy from Asteroid B-612 has led children and their adults to deeper understandings of love, friendship, and responsibility. The Little Prince is a cherished story, read by millions of people in more than a hundred languages. In honor of its sixtieth anniversary, Harcourt is proud to present this special edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s treasure, which includes a satin bookmark and presentation page, and comes in an elegant cloth slipcase enhanced with gold stamping and embossing. A must-have edition for any collector, this lovely book is also the perfect gift for those new to the wisdom of the Little Prince and the charms of his rose-and-star-filled worlds.

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Discussion Questions

1. Why does the little prince want to return home? Why isn’t his friendship with the pilot enough to make him stay? Can the way he returns to the heavens be interpreted as a suicide?

2. Discuss the themes of time and death in The Little Prince. How does the prince learn to appreciate the time he has with his loved ones better, and how does it affect his relationships with them?

3. Why do some people see Drawing Number One as a simple hat, while others think it represents an elephant inside a boa constrictor? What is the meaning of these different perspectives?

4. Discuss the rose’s behavior. Why doesn’t the rose tell the little prince that she loves him? Why does he continue to love her?

5. Why is the fox so eager to be tamed by the little prince? If he already knows how to tame himself, why does he need someone else to do it for him?

6. Symbols and metaphors are present throughout The Little Prince. Why do you think Saint-Exupéry choose to tell this story in such figurative language? (From SparkNotes)

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 11/11/16

Such a wonderful story! I'm simply going to share some of my favorite quotes.
"You know; when you're feeling very sad, sunsets are wonderful..."p.19
"It's harder to judge yourself than to j

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  "The little prince is ok"by lizblair (see profile) 05/27/16

I guess I don't get it an afternoon read povides much thought

 
by madority (see profile) 05/07/16

 
  "A simple book about what is really most important in life."by awpearce (see profile) 12/07/07

I thought it was a very enjoyable read.

 
  "Very fun, quick read. Perfect for reading during the holiday rush."by shortstallings (see profile) 12/05/07

We had some good discussions about relationships - it's a simple book that most people were able to take something from and discuss.

Not our liveliest discussion, but still good.

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