Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. He had always dreamed of flying, and when he became a pilot as a young man, his adventures truly began. He was one of the first pilots to deliver mail by plane and, along with his fellow pilots, helped to create new routes to faraway places. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts, battled winds and storms, and even tried to break aviation records. He also crashed a number of times. From his plane, he reflected on life on the earth and in the skies, and this inspired him to write about his experiences. Peter Sís’s remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the world’s most beloved books. [from the book jacket]
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry explores Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s lifelong love of airplanes and flying through attentive storytelling and imaginative illustrations. Sís’s beautifully detailed illustrations definitely warrant a second or third look. This is a book to linger over. An excellent companion to Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, and a must for fans of the book—learning about Saint-Exupéry’s life will lend even more beauty and meaning to the story. Check out both together!
Picture book. Recommended for ages 5 to 12.
(Jocelyn, Davis Library)