Please… take me to the theatre

Still running at the Théâtre de la Pépinière, The Little Prince adapted for the stage by Virgil Tanase is just the kind of performance that grown-ups should take children to (and vice versa) over the holiday season. In his adaptation of the story, Virgil Tanase invites us all to join in a game. Actors Pierre Azema and David Legras take on the roles of the aviator and the various grown-ups the Little Prince encounters on his travels.


Just like Saint-Exupéry’s tale, this adaptation makes children laugh and inspires them to dream. Grown-ups will find it rather moving, too.

Performances: Saturdays at 14:00 and Sundays at 15:00 and 17:00. Informations and tickets : Théatre la Pépinière.

A pop-up book underneath the Christmas tree

A book has to be one of the best presents ever. The Little Prince in pop-up version takes you right inside the story of the Little Prince and his odyssey, making it come to life and giving it greater depth (the planet overrun by baobabs literally jumps out of the book and seeing the fox physically approaching the Little Prince is truly moving).  Adults though we may be (with the heart of a child), we often want to share the treasures to be found in each chapter of the story.


This pop-up book version is our chance to tell the tale we first heard as a child, and to share it in a new way with our own little princes and princesses.



Find the book at the Little Prince webstore.

Brazil’s araucarias: the Little Prince’s next commitment

As the world climate summit in Copenhagen continues, today we want to talk to you about what is, sadly, still a little-known subject: the araucaria trees of southern Brazil (Paraná).


The araucaria tree, or Brazilian pine, is now critically endangered as a result of uncontrolled deforestation and illegal logging, despite being a protected species. In Brazil, a sizeable number of industrial groups and even local elected representatives choose to be « unaware » of the law and continue to cut down the araucarias. Criminal organisations are apparently directly involved in the deforestation process.


José Álvaro Carneiro is superintendent of IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental and natural resources institute, and is well known throughout the country for his battle against the illegal felling of the araucarias. His techniques include tracking down the rogue loggers with the help of the authorities and turning these ancestral forests into protected reserves under helicopter surveillance.


José Álvaro Carneiro is already a friend of the Little Prince: he happens to be married to Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro, one of the staunchest pillars of the Pequeno Principe Hospital in Brazil.


The Little Prince will shortly be taking part in information campaigns about the araucaria and the risks of its extinction.

The Little Prince has been taking care of his planet since 1942

There are many ways to read and understand The Little Prince (one might concentrate, for example, on its autobiographical elements). But now that sustainable development is an issue firmly on the agenda, the Little Prince has a message for us when he speaks of taking care of his planet: « It is a question of discipline, » said the little prince to me later on. « When you have finished your toilet in the morning, it is time to attend to the planet’s toilet with great care. One must pull out the baobabs very regularly as soon as they can be distinguished from the rosebushes they resemble so closely when they are very young. It is very tedious work but also very easy.« 



Let’s all try and bear this passage in mind, and why not think of baobabs nowadays as our waste to be sorted, our appliances in standby mode to be switched off. If we don’t pay attention, our habitat, our environment, will be over-run by tiny baobab shoots that later on will spread out of control and cause damage to our planet.



When the Little Prince takes care of his rose, he is not simply giving in to her whims. She is unique in the world, therefore precious and therefore indispensable. Our plants and our trees are indispensable to our ecosystem (trees absorb CO2) and to future generations.


The time the Little Prince spent on his rose is the time we should now spend on our environment. To find out about what you can do to attend to our planet’s « toilet », visit the Cool Planet 2009 website.

Copenhagen 2009: what is at stake

We have already mentioned the Little Prince’s involvement as an ambassador for sustainable development. Today we are abandoning the world of the book for a moment to talk about the issues at stake at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.




After Kyoto, Copenhagen

In 2005, 175 countries ratified the Kyoto Protocol, aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the industrialised nations by at least 5.2% by 2012.  The new international agreement being hammered out in Copenhagen will cover the period 2013-2017.




Ratifying the treaty: a matter of urgency

If a climate change treaty is signed and ratified in Copenhagen, the world will be in time to hold the increase in global warming to below 2°C, and so avoid causing profound climate disturbance. Failure to ratify the treaty would be tantamount to promoting climate change in the decades to come.




The means and undertakings required for success

– The industrialised countries must adopt targets to curb their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, within their own borders.
– The industrialised countries must also make available 100 billion euros a year between now and 2020 to aid developing countries in adopting a sustainable, low-carbon energy model.


For their part, the developing countries will undertake to limit growth in their own greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.


It is the poorest countries that will be the first to feel the effects of climate change.

Climate change: let’s seal the agreement!

Afsané Bassir-Pour is Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) for Europe.  In 2008, UNRIC launched its first public information campaign in Europe, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



The Little Prince was appointed campaign ambassador to inform young people about their rights. In 2009, he signed up for another term, this time to take part in the climate change campaign. The Little Prince has become something of a sustainable development consultant to the Cool Planet website, offering a new tip every day on how to take better care of the planet.


Find the Little Prince on the Cool Planet 2009 website!






We can all show our support by wearing the colours of the event: click the picture to download the UNRIC logo featuring the Little Prince.  Once you have downloaded the logo, print it onto to transfer paper. Then you can transfer it either to a cut-out piece of cloth to wear as a badge (be sure to use a safety-pin), or directly onto a tee shirt.






The Little Prince as seen by Juh

Juh is a young illustrator based in Chambéry, and his characters are reminiscent of graffiti figures or the new wave of manga.
We were reading through his blog when we came face to face with a young lad, all alone in the desert. Despite a fairly modern-day look, we had no trouble recognising the Little Prince. A little higher up, an airplane could be seen spiralling down out of the sky. No prizes for guessing who might be in the cockpit.  Here were the makings of a heart-warming meeting.


Like the previous drawings, this Little Prince is represented in a more « modern » style, but it is still very much our own Little Prince, to whom many artists have already paid graphic tribute.


Find out more : Juh’s blog and his profesionnal website.

Did you know there was an opera version of The Little Prince?

Rachel Portman is a composer who specialises in film scores, and has worked with such highly-respected directors as Alan Parker and Robert Redford. At the beginning of the decade, she was offered a new challenge: composing the score for an opera adaptation of The Little Prince, with the libretto by Nicholas Wright.


From 2003 to 2005, the opera has since played at the New York City Opera and the Houston Grand Opera, to name but two. Take a short « opera break » and watch an extract from the performance, as well as admiring some of the preliminary sketches (by Maria Bjørnson) for the many costumes.



A splendid gesture for a splendid book

SIPAR is a voluntary group created in 1982 by Magali Petitmengin. The group is active in Cambodia, working to develop access to education.  To date, SIPAR has established 180 libraries containing 2,000 books in the Khmer language, set up 38 Education for All centres and distributed 50,000 books to schools. SIPAR has also put 7 mobile libraries on the road, touring deprived suburbs and organising events to promote books and reading.



SIPAR is also a publisher in its own right and has published 66 titles for young readers, the best possible way to revive writing and literature in Cambodia. Les Editions du Sipar is behind the publication of The Little Prince in Khmer, a book now in its fifth edition with over 9,000 copies sold.



Now this edition is on sale through the Little Prince online store – with all proceeds going to SIPAR to help finance its social and educational projects.

Visit the online store now: for every book purchased, 10 euros go to SIPAR!


Find out more: SIPAR website.

Explaining Saint-Exupéry’s Paris to Japanese visitors

Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince are popular icons in Japan. And Paris is one of the preferred destinations for Japanese tourists. The Musée de France website specially designed for Japanese visitors features a map of « Saint-Exupéry’s Paris ».


Following the guide created by Yoko Masuda, tourists can visit key places in the life of the writer.



Brasserie Lipp Saint-Exupéry came to Paris in 1917, more specifically to Saint-Germain des Prés.  In 1920, he signed up to audit courses at the architecture department of the Ecole des Beaux Arts art school. His favourite haunts were Brasserie Lipp (151, Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris VI) or La Coupole, two spots where the young Antoine enjoyed writing and meeting friends.



Yoko Masuda guides Japanese tourists to places that were important to Saint-Exupéry, like the apartment of his friend Captain Priou (12, rue Petit, Paris XIX) or the studio (24, rue Barbey-de-Jouy, Paris VII) that he rented in 1938 for his wife Consuelo. 24, rue Barbet-de-Jouy



Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits

The web guide is also a panorama of all the venues that celebrate the author of The Little Prince. Yoko Masuda invites his fellow-countrymen to visit the Panthéon and track down the inscription in honour of Saint-Exupéry, or Le Bourget airport, from which the aviator took off in1935 on his bid to beat the Paris-Saigon flight record and, above all, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace with its dedicated IWC/Saint-Exupéry section that takes the visitor deep into the life of the pilot.


For friends of the Little Prince, the collection at the Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits includes the manuscripts of  Les lettres à l’inconnue – (letters to an unknown) and Au centre du desert (in the centre of the desert), the central chapter of Wind, Sand and Stars.


Friends from Japan, welcome to the Paris of Saint-Exupéry!



Find out more: Musée de France (site in Japanese).