Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike. Richard Howard’s new translation of the beloved classic-published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s birth-beautifully reflects Saint-Exupery’s unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most importantly, spirit. The artwork in this new edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupery’s original artwork.
My take: 5 looks
Wonderful! Why I have waited so long to read this book … well, there is no good answer.
It is the perfect book for children. It tells a cute story of a tiny boy visiting planets and learning about them. His adventurous spirit and inquisitive nature will be right at home with little ones. It is also the perfect book for adults, with rich metaphors that will make you think, reflect, and consider so many instilled perceptions.
The unnamed narrator is in a state of wonder as he puts pen to paper for this story, still clearly besotted by this little boy and his meeting some six years earlier. I was just as besotted. I plan to read this book again and again. It is one of those stories that will mean more and different things to the reader as age and experience take their place over the course of time.
Highly recommended to own, and to read!