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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
Children's Classics


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Published by Mammoth, 1991
ISBN 0-7497-0723-2

After having to make a forced landing in the Sahara desert the author meets the Little Prince. Little by little, and only from answers gleaned by chance, does he come to learn where the Little Prince has come from.

Through their encounter, Antoine de Saint Exupéry shows us the folly of our ways as humans. The story takes the form of a parable that could be appreciated just as much by adults as by children, and both will enjoy the author’s superb illustrations.

Visiting the neighbouring asteroids the Little Prince meets many interesting characters, including a king who has no subjects, a conceited man, and a train operator who re-routes trains full of people who don’t know where they’re going or why. Only the children enjoy the trip.

The Little Prince is a book for advanced readers but is also an ideal book for sharing with younger children. There is no end to the opportunity for discussion that a book like this can inspire.

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