Draw me the Little Prince and the blue planet: competition results!

When this website was launched, we joined forces with competition site tKaap to launch a challenge: Draw me the Little Prince and the blue planet, any and all artistic techniques allowed. And now, with no further delay, here are the names of the three winners!



Gil produced a drawing simply entitled The Little Prince and the blue planet. In it, the Little Prince is a baby, sleeping snug against the stomach of a pregnant woman. The dominant shade of the drawing is a soft blue, against which feature several symbols from the story. Gil wins the first prize: a statuette from the Leblon Delienne collection. Well done, Gil!



Killy’s (on the left) entry was a drawing in which symbols from the book – the baobab, the lamp-post, the Little Prince sitting on his planet – circle around our blue planet. Entitled Bleu Apaisé (Calm Blue), it is a picture that should encourage us to look up at the stars in the sky more often.


Julien (on the right) created a Little Prince above a blue planet, holding tight to his rose under a bell-jar – a poetical rendering with a childlike charm.


Killy and Julien took second and third prize respectively, each winning a copy of Joann Sfar’s graphic novel.



Visit the tKaap website to find out how all the entrants did.

Thiriet , draw me a sheep!

Jean-Michel Thiriet was born in 1958. He spent only three months at art school, but that never stopped him; in the 1980s, he started drawing for Psikopat and Fluide Glacial, then for Spirou magazine. He was one of the first authors to be published by l’Association and also edited a  collection for the famous comic-strip album publisher.


He was also involved in writing sketches for off-the-wall comedy shows Les Nuls then aux Nouvelles de Jules-Edouard Moustic on Canal +. Fans and detractors agree that Thiriet cultivates the art of the absurd, and that he regularly pushes the limits with his unfettered humour.



So here is a drawing by Thiriet, from one of his albums, in which a little prince seems to have asked for someone to draw him a sheep. Discover this pearl of wickedly black humour for yourself…

The Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation partners EMDH

Enfants du Monde – Droits de l’Homme (EMDH) is an NGO that has been active since 1986, working worldwide for the protection of children at risk and, above all, to promote their rights.



With the support of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN in 1989, EMDH strives to raise public awareness and ensure that the Convention is respected throughout the world. In its 20 years of existence, the NGO has worked in Haiti, Vietnam and Brazil. EMDH is also present in countries experiencing great difficulties, such as Iraq and Palestine. EMDH currently has a presence in over 12 countries.



EMDH provides specialist psychological support for children that have suffered traumatic experiences such as war. Its workers seek out these « injured little princes » and do everything in their power to bring them to places of safety where they can engage in play and learning. The aim is to offer education and a place in society for children who will be the citizens of tomorrow.



The work EMDH engages in around the world reminds us of the lines from The Little Prince where the aviator takes the little prince into his arms to comfort him: « There was on a star, a planet, mine, the Earth, a little prince to be comforted.« 



Which is why the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation is now offering EMDH its aid. In 2010, luxury watchmaker and Foundation partner IWC will be auctioning a unique piece, the Big Pilot platinum watch marked with an A for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


To find out more about what EMDH does, visit their official website.

Draw me a right!

It is now 20 years since the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A total of 195 countries have now ratified the Convention.



As part of the anniversary celebrations, a massive poster competition has been launched. The Little Prince, who has already served the cause of children’s rights in the past, is now the ambassador for this Europe-wide campaign. Today the Little Prince asks us: « Please… draw me a right! »


The competition is open to two age categories: children aged 10 to 14 and teenagers aged 15 to 18. The young artists will works in groups of 4, under the supervision of an adult. The aim of the competition is to make young people better aware of their rights; to design their poster, the artists will need to delve into the text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.



Young princes and princesses out there, you have until 19 March to submit your poster entry. The three top teams in each age-group will be invited to visit Brussels from 8 to 10 May 2010, for a memorable weekend and a tour of the European Union institutions.



Rules and documentation on: www.eurojeune.eu

Bob Fosse, a snake dancer who inspired Michael Jackson

Bob Fosse (1927-1987) was a musical theatre choreographer and director. In the 1950s, he produced choreographies that were eclectic in their choice of genre: jazz, Charleston and the more traditional styles from Europe. Among his greatest successes as a choreographer were Cabaret (1972) with Liza Minnelli and Chicago (1975), which ran for two years non-stop on Broadway.


Bob Foss also jointly choreographed Stanley Donen’s 1974 film version of The Little Prince and played the role of the snake.


The video link opposite  features Foss’s performance: his costume and dance steps bear a remarkable resemblance to a certain Michael Jackson.




Take a look at the video that compares Foss’s work with that of Michael Jackson.


The Little Prince manga-style

As collectors will be aware, the Little Prince has already made his appearance in manga (Japanese cartoon strips). Today we invite you to take a look at two manga-style representations of the much-loved character, both found on Internet. Though both are very different in physical appearance from the familiar figure, it is obvious that the respective artists have grasped the relationship between the Little Prince and his rose, and the care he takes to protect her.


The drawing on the left is the work of Kazuya Minekura, creator of the Saiyuki series (well known to mangas fans); the second is a tribute by an illustrator who goes by the pseudonym of Nyotaro and about whom very little is known, apart from the fact that she lives in Thailand.


Find out more: Kazuya’s blog and Nyotaro’s Deviant Art web page.

Les Rencontres internationales Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: the website, the videos…

For three days in June 2009, the Collège des Bernardins (Paris VI) was permeated by the mind and thoughts of Saint-Exupéry. Over 250 participants from all over the world came together in honour of a writer who shared with us his concerns for the world of tomorrow.


Three days of reflection and personal accounts of social and cultural campaigns inspired by the thinking of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.



Three days during which representatives of countries including Brazil, Japan or South Korea spoke of the influence of the Little Prince in their home country. A number of well-known figures addressed the meeting: author and Academician Erik Orsenna, writers Alain Vircondelet and Jean-Pierre Guéno, actress Marie-Christine Barrault, etc.



Now a special website dedicated exclusively to the event offers you an insight, in photos and videos, into these three days of sharing.  Newcomers to the subject will gain a better understanding of why the work of Saint-Exupéry and its mysteries continue to arouse such passionate interest today. You can also find out more about some of the work done by voluntary groups (the Little Prince Hospital in Brazil, « Dessine-moi un mouton », etc.).

One more good cause is featured on the website: the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation

Find out more : official website

Korea: another little prince brought to life

Luxury brand S.T. Dupont has chosen the Little Prince as ambassador for its advertising campaign in Korea. In a freely-adapted interpretation, the Little Prince decides to step out of the pages of the book for a while to become an elegant young man about town.

In the footsteps of Saint-Exupéry and l’Aéropostale

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry used to say: « What matters to me is not the arriving, but the journey« .  Bruno d’Agay has chosen to follow the writer’s message to the letter.  The former company chief executive has lived in Brazil and Hong Kong. Now  Bruno d’Agay is heading off for five months in South America, retracing the routes of la Linea, l’Aéropostale’s famous South American airline.
Bruno won’t actually be crossing the continent by plane, but aboard a 4WD vehicle equipped with everything the intrepid explorer needs to make him totally self-sufficient during his wanderings.



Bruno d’Agay plans to visit first Montevideo in Uruguay, then Florianópolis in Brazil: two cities famed as Aéropostale staging-posts. Next his 4WD will head for Argentina and the cities of Concordia, Asunción and Mendoza.
On his arrival, he will be seeking to track down documents and accounts relating to l’Aéropostale and Saint-Exupéry.



As you can see, Bruno d’Agay has painted his vehicle in the colours of the South American airline, but also in those of the Little Prince. Because the journey is also inspired by Saint-Exupéry’s tale, Bruno d’Agay is planning to take with him a hundred or so copies of the story in Spanish, which he will distribute to schools in the villages lying along his route.
The traveller describes Argentina as a land of many meetings, with a sense of hospitality and sharing found almost nowhere else in the world.


More news coming soon.

The Little Prince as seen by Jul

Born in 1974, Jul began his career teaching Chinese history at university. Lateron, he decided to become a press artist. His drawings were published in La Nouvelle République des Pyrénées, Le Nouvel Observateur and Marianne.


For the last 5 years, Jul has been part of the team behind satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. On 3 December 2007, Jul was awarded the highly respected Prix René Goscinny for his album Le guide du moutard. For the special celebrity edition of monthly comic magazine Fluide Glacial spécial People, Jul produces a quirky caricature of the Little Prince.We see the little fellow standing on his planet, looking up at an odd sort of pilot who is warning him he is losing ground in the popularity stakes and needs to do something about his image if he wants to be a real « celeb ».


Gérard Colomb once said: « Derision is pointless unless you apply it to yourself » so here is one of Jul’s cartoons for you.


To find out what happens next, pick up a copy of the special edition of Fluide Glacial from your newsagent’s.