The Pilot and the Little Prince
The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
written & illustrated by Peter Sís
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Peter Sís's remarkable biography The Pilot and the Little Prince celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world.
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.
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Praise for The Pilot and the Little Prince
“*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-Exupéry’s 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
“*Sís's handling of the aviator's 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