Synopses & Reviews
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.
A Frances Foster Book
"Following biographies of Darwin and Galileo, SÃs celebrates legendary pilot Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry (1900 1944). As in The Tree of Life, SÃs supplements a main narrative with time lines and insets, wrapping squint-inducing italics around dreamlike illustrations. Readers learn about Saint-ExupÃ©ry's fascination with flight and roles as a mail and military pilot. The spreads allude to MÃ©liÃ¨s' Le Voyage dans la lune and map Saint-ExupÃ©ry's North African mail routes, without examining WWI or colonial history. SÃs 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-ExupÃ©ry'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. SÃs 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.
*"Sis' mystically touched style enhances this biography of famous French aviator and author Saint-Exupery." - BCCB, STARRED REVIEW "Visually stunning, this accumulation of words, pictures, and design takes you to The Little Prince, or back to it, with fresh understanding and admiration." - The Horn Book *"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-Exupérys 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 *"Síss handling of the aviators 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 "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." -Publishers Weekly
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.