LITTLE PRINCE, THE by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ($10)

HB: 0-15-646511-6

No story is more beloved by children and grownups alike than this wise, enchanting fable.

One day, the author reminisces, when his plane was forced down in the Sahara a thousand miles from help, he encountered a most extraordinary small person. "If you please," said the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And thus begins the remarkable history of the Little Prince.

The Little Prince lived alone on a tiny planet no larger than a house. He owned three volcanoes, two active and one extinct. He also owned a flower, unlike any flower in all the galaxy, of great beauty and of inordinate pride. It was this pride that ruined the serenity of the Little Prince's world and started him on the interplanetary travels that brought him to Earth, where he learned finally, from a fox, the secret of what is really important in life.

There are a few stories that in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for their readers. This is one.

"A lovely story.., not the sort of fable that can be tacked down neatly at its four corners but rather reflections on what are real matters of consequence." --The New York Times Book Review.

"Exquisite, tender, attuned to the ear of the spirit, Saint-Exupery's elusive fairy tale will give lasting pleasure to many older readers who can discern its hidden truths." --Horn Book.

"I don't usually comment on the books in my store, but if I could recommend one, it would be this one. Had a profound impact on my life and still does. The religious overtones are phenomenal, especially when the Little Prince returns to his planet. I would recommend the larger print edition, both for the children who might read it and for those of us older folks with failing vision. The extra few dollars are well worth it. A memorable book. Do yourself a favor and buy it. You won't regret it!" - Deacon Sil Galvan

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