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+Sold out+ Le Petit Prince (French Language Edition)
     Harcourt, Inc
Title : +Sold out+ Le Petit Prince (French Language Edition)
Author : Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publisher : Harcourt, Inc
Country : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Language : French
ISBN/ISSN : 978-0156013987
Published year : 2001
Number of pages : 85
Book subject : children
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Le Petit Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944, Mort pour la France).The novella is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects,selling over a million copies per year with sales totaling over 200 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.

The reader is introduced to the narrator who, as a young boy, drew a boa constrictor eating an elephant. However, he is discouraged from drawing when all adults who look at his picture see a hat, instead. The narrator attempts to explain what his first picture depicts by drawing another one clearly showing the elephant, disturbing the adults as a result. As such, he decides to become a pilot, which eventually leads to a crash in the Sahara desert.
In the desert, the narrator meets the little prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. Not knowing how to draw a sheep, the narrator shows him the picture of the elephant in the snake. To the narrator's surprise, the prince recognizes the drawing for what it is. After a few failed attempts at drawing a sheep, the narrator draws a box in his frustration, claims that the box holds a sheep inside. Again to the narrator's surprise, the prince is delighted with the result.

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Antoine de Saint Exupery was born in Lyon, France on 29 June 1900. After finishing schools at Sainte-Croix-du-Mans and Switzerland he tried to join the Navy, but he couldn't enter the Naval Academy. Exupery joined the French air force in Strasbourg in 1921 as mechanic.
Five years after in the age of twenty-six that he became pilot of mail service from Toulouse to Dakar, and he was named a chef of Port Juby office. Exupery flew to many South African cities, as well at during Spanish Civil war, for several years until 1938 when, after German troops occupied France, he moved to United States.
During his life in USA, he wrote several novels among them one of his best knowing one, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). That book written in New York City (1940) is, according to some sources, third most read book in the world in the 20th century. Holy Bible and Muslim Koran are first two.
After beginning of World War II, Exupery moved back to France and joined army again. At 31 July 1944, during of one of his mission over Mediterranean Sea his plain was shot down.