What author Corinne Delporte offers is discussion/lesson plan for The Little Prince. Who is this slender book for? Not the millions of adults who loved the translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece they read years ago. Nor the children who are reading it today, who understand it just fine, thank you. The surest way to destroy great literature is to dissect it to the point of killing it. Which is what we get here.
This book may be for some brand-new educator lacking in confidence. I’ll give it two stars for those poor benighted souls. Everyone else should give this book a pass.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley Chouette Publishing and CrackBoom! Books in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.
I read The Little Prince as a little girl and I am excited to see it updated for a new generation. This is the perfect book to gift to a young child. It teaches children very powerful lessons that will stick with them for years to come.
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The Journey of the Little Prince is an interesting puzzle of a book. It's being published to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupiary. The picture book shows several scenes from the original and tells the reader what we learn from them. I am confused about what age group this book is for. I don't think the usual picture book crowd, children from about age 3 to age 8 or 9, would be interested in this. It's a bit too wordy. For older children, I don't think there is enough action or plot. Also, not very many people whether they be grown ups or children, like to be told what lesson they should learn from a story. I think fans of the original book may enjoy this as a keepsake. I liked the art very much. More backmatter on the author would have been nice. In conclusion, I think this book is nicely done, but for a very narrow audience.
A short book. (12 pages) which summarizes the story of The Little Prince, examining the people he meets, and their qualities. The book then asks the reader to examine these qualities and why they are good or bad, and then poses questions for discussion. This would be a great book for early elementary classrooms, enabling a discussion between adults and children about which qualities we should admire, and those we should avoid.
Using the beautiful original illustrations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this book will resonate with all ages.
I grew up reading this story both in English and french, so i love to see it again with more details
Ooph. The Little Prince is one of my favorite stories of all time, I own almost every version of the book, but unfortunately I will not be adding this version to the collection. The Little Prince is whimsy and imaginative and I feel like this book (since it’s a board book) takes away all of that. The images are great, I love the glow in the dark aspect, but it’s way too literal. The first page isn’t even quite correct, with the prince being bored. And no mention of the Rose. Definitely a miss for me.
The Little Prince holds a very special place in my heart, but I'll be honest, I feel like this children's adaptation misses the mark in some ways.
Maybe there will be a sequel, in which the Little Prince lands on Earth and learns the most important lessons of the original, but this very short book only deals with his visit to four of the six planets (and it passes over my favorite, the absurd lamplighter). Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's illustrations remain amazing in any context.
It asks interesting questions and I'm sure the glow-in-the-dark stars will be a hit with kids who have a physical copy, but I won't picking this up when it comes out.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
I still remember the first time I read The Little Prince. I sat in my local B&N and read the entire thing and cried. Well into adulthood, 30 something, crying in Barnes and Noble. I have such a sweet spot for this story, so when I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I needed to request it.
This was an excellent and fanciful tale. It is one of the best books I have read recently and was an excellent addition to those who loved reading The Little Prince. I highly recommend this book!
Okay. This is fine but not my favorite. However thank you to publisher for sending me this advance reader copy!
I love The Little Prince and I've read the book before and I've watched the adaptation a couple of times.
This book wasn't any different from the original story, except that it had some additional text explaining some parts of the story and asking questions about them. This was a nice twist to add to the book as the book is already thought-provoking but these texts encourage young readers to think a little further and understand the book better.
The illustrations were pretty on point to the original book yet slightly different in style.
The Journey of the Little Prince is a retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella, The Little Prince, and coincides with the 80th anniversary of its publication. This twenty-page version is geared toward children ages five and up and contains the original illustrations from Saint-Exupery’s book.
The Little Prince is a book very close to my heart; perhaps this is why I could not connect with this version. I understand Corinne Delporte’s reasoning for the book and the explanations of the story to gear it toward this young audience. The Little Prince contains valuable lessons for all ages. In her retelling, Delporte relates a bit of the story, interprets the meaning for young readers, and asks some questions relating to those interpretations. Some of this elucidation seems to be over the head of little readers, either in thought or wording, while leaving out some essential aspects and distilling the subtle depth of the original.
I applaud Delporte’s conception and efforts, but for me, these lessons could be better related to children with an original story.
Thank you to NetGalley and CrackBoom! Books for this ARC.
Thank you, NetGalley for the proof copy of this book. Perhaps the best way to approach this retelling is not as a replacement for ‘The Little Prince’ but as an additional resource to inspire children to apply the story's lessons to their own lives. I felt this retelling didn't significantly enhance the original story or introduce unique elements. However, it did effectively highlight the story's key points. In terms of its suitability for a younger audience, I didn't find it more tailored to younger children than the original, despite its brevity. It still included words like 'absurd' and 'monarch,' which might be slightly advanced for very young readers. The level of simplification in the storytelling suggests a younger audience, but the vocabulary used doesn't quite match. One aspect I particularly appreciated was the inclusion of interactive questions. These questions encourage children to actively engage with the story, which can be a valuable educational tool. This is why I feel this could be strong as a supplementary workbook alongside the original.
I may be biased because I adore The Little Prince, but I don't think is as good as it could be. I like the idea of a retelling that also sort of explains the themes of The Little Prince, but I think this fell short. The explanations all felt a bit oversimplified. I also didn't like how some things were left out, like the rose and the fox were only briefly mentioned and there is a lot of meaning there that was missed in this retelling. I did like the discussion questions, there were some really good ones.
This is an information interactive children’s reading books, with stories, explanations and questions to engage with the reader
The illustrations are cute
This is a good introduction to The Little Prince. It is essentially a synopsis version of the novella that focuses o the moral of the stories of each of the men on other planets.
I love the timeless Little Prince and how he still delights today!
Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my review.
I have to admit that I'm prejudiced. I read this story when I was younger, watched the movie, and got a copy in French. I loved this story before.
This is a fantastic retelling. It's already a short story, but this little picture book boils the ideas down so they are even easier to understand. The little prince goes to different planets and meets people who value different things, such as money for the sake of money or knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
And of course the moral of the story: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”
As a little prince fan. I feel strongly that this fell flat, it felt like ot was missing pages and no story. I'm hoping this was a mistake in description and not a rendition of the beloved tale.
Originally written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince was published in 1943. Hailed as a notable work of fiction, the novella has gone on to inspire Corrine Delparte to write The Journey of the Little Prince in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the original piece of work. In this latest children’s picture book, the little prince finds himself bored on his own planet so decides to visit another, and another, and another. The reason for his multiple trips is a lack of appreciation for the people he comes across, spurring him to continue his journey.
This book was designed with 5–6-year-olds in mind. I thought some of the phrasing could have used simpler words for example ‘I command you…’ might have been replaced with ‘I am telling you,’ ‘amusing’ could have been swapped out for ‘funny,’ and ‘decisions’ could have been simplified to read ‘choices’ to list a few. These were terms that my 6-year-old was stumped by when reading along with me. I would, therefore, suggest that this is a book for the caregiver to sit and read with the child, especially given that the chance meetings the prince has are designed to teach the child lessons about power, beauty, wealth, and experience.
The lessons are great, but I cannot help thinking they are better suited to a slightly older audience. At the age of five, children arguably learn more through play. I felt that the discussion around the child’s leadership, ability to give and receive compliments, seeing wealth as anything but monetary and living what they learn in books, might be a little over their heads. On the flip side, it was touching to see that the book included original illustrations from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I would have preferred more text surrounding each visit so that the lessons were more targeted, and thus better suited to 8–10-year-olds. As a book in its own right, the story detracted from the original work by being overly simplified and for a different audience making it clear that the authorship had changed.