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

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 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 Síss remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world.

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Review:

"Following biographies of Darwin and Galileo, Sís celebrates legendary pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900 — 1944). As in The Tree of Life, Sís supplements a main narrative with time lines and insets, wrapping squint-inducing italics around dreamlike illustrations. Readers learn about Saint-Exupéry's fascination with flight and roles as a mail and military pilot. The spreads allude to Méliès' Le Voyage dans la lune and map Saint-Exupéry's North African mail routes, without examining WWI or colonial history. Sís crafts expansive, nostalgic palimpsests, illustrating the hero's adventures with precision ink dots on sepia ground, yet he writes with emotional distance. Readers may wonder why Saint-Exupéry's father, brother, and sister died young; why 'hostile nomads' objected to his Moroccan outpost; why his wife has a Spanish name; and how he and his friends survived multiple plane crashes. Sís recounts astounding feats in an offhand tone (two fliers landed their plane 'on a ledge' in the Andes, then 'rocked it until it went over the edge and started up'). Gorgeous, densely imagined, yet fragmented in its telling, this narrative will send readers beyond The Little Prince to hear more of this mind-boggling story. Ages 5 — 9. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Peter Sís 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. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374380694
Author:
Sis, Peter
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Sais, Peter
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Transportation - Aviation
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full color throughout
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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Product details 48 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374380694 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Following biographies of Darwin and Galileo, Sís celebrates legendary pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900 — 1944). As in The Tree of Life, Sís supplements a main narrative with time lines and insets, wrapping squint-inducing italics around dreamlike illustrations. Readers learn about Saint-Exupéry's fascination with flight and roles as a mail and military pilot. The spreads allude to Méliès' Le Voyage dans la lune and map Saint-Exupéry's North African mail routes, without examining WWI or colonial history. Sís crafts expansive, nostalgic palimpsests, illustrating the hero's adventures with precision ink dots on sepia ground, yet he writes with emotional distance. Readers may wonder why Saint-Exupéry's father, brother, and sister died young; why 'hostile nomads' objected to his Moroccan outpost; why his wife has a Spanish name; and how he and his friends survived multiple plane crashes. Sís recounts astounding feats in an offhand tone (two fliers landed their plane 'on a ledge' in the Andes, then 'rocked it until it went over the edge and started up'). Gorgeous, densely imagined, yet fragmented in its telling, this narrative will send readers beyond The Little Prince to hear more of this mind-boggling story. Ages 5 — 9. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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