Preview: Peter Sís’s The Pilot and the Little Prince
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the publication of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, see an excerpt from award-winning author and friend of the CCLC Peter Sís’s forthcoming book, The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
In addition to writing poems and stories, Saint-Exupéry also flew (and sometimes crashed) airplanes. Sis’s book focuses on these airborne adventures–charting Saint-Exupéry’s journeys over war zones, deserts, and stormy weather, all happening at a time when aviation was new.
Sis’s illustrations of night skies and mountain tops, and birds eye views of cityscapes and glittering oceans prompts readers to think about how Saint-Exupéry’s experiences in the air inspired him to create the story of a little prince who falls to Earth from an asteroid, and who looks on with wonder at our world.