20 Fun Facts About The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)

I think most of my inspirations come from books and I had to write a post about my favorite book. If you have never read it, I encourage you to do so. It is one of those books that does not leave you indifferent. I compiled 20 fun facts about The Little Prince.

This is the best-known novel written by the French Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The little prince lives in a small asteroid with its three volcanoes and its beautiful rose. One day he begins to experience society and decides to leave the planet in search of friendship. He will travel through several planets with very interesting characters until he finds the aviator. 

Here you can find 20 fun facts about The Little Prince:

  • It was first published on April 6, 1943 in the United States (in English and French) by the American publisher Reynal & Hitchcock. The book did not arrive to France (his native country) until 1946 due to the Second World War at the hands of the Gallimard publishing house.
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry never saw his book published in France. On July 31, 1944, she disappeared when her plane was shot down over the Mediterranean. The wreckage of the plane was not found until 2000.
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • He began his studies in Architecture at the French School of Fine Arts, but never finished his degree. He drew and painted all the illustrations in the book in watercolor. Despite this, the writer never considered himself a good draftsman. Do you know how to paint? Let me know in the comments.
  • In addition to writing, Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a pilot for airplanes. He had a similar experience when his aircraft crashed in the desert near Cairo. Many of his experiences as an aviator during a trip inspired him to write The Little Prince.
  • Due to disagreements with the leaders of the French Air Force Saint-Exupéry voluntarily went into exile in the United States. He wrote most of the texts of this work during his 27-month stay in New York.
  • It is the most translated book in the world, second only to the Bible and the Koran. A total of 1,220 volumes published with this title have been registered in 321 languages (they have been registered in the Unesco Index Translationum database).
  • In 1951, the Argentine publishing house Emecé Editores published the first translation of the book in Spanish..
  • The original manuscript of this work is in the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.
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Original Book

  • Currently one million copies of the book are sold each year and there are more than 200 different covers of the book.
  • It is considered a children’s work, although many readers classify it as a book that invites you to reflect since it deals with topics of great importance such as the meaning of life, the importance of small things, loss, friendship, loneliness, love, childhood and human nature.
  • There is a lot of symbolism starting with the pilot who represents the writer himself and the figure of the Little Prince could represent the author when he was young.
  • The rose would refer to his wife Consuelo. Years later Consuelo would title her autobiography ‘The tale of the Rose’.
  • The character of the fox is inspired by a fennec, which are foxes that inhabit the Sahara desert. The Baobabs that the Little Prince fears so much represent Nazism.
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Fenec. Foto de Francisco Mingorance

  • There are several asteroids that mention both the book and the author. In 1975, an asteroid was named 2578 Saint-Exupéry, in honor of the writer. The most special of all is the one that in 1993 was named 46610 Bésixdouze (B-six-twelve) in honor of the asteroid B-612, where the Little Prince lived. There is a foundation with the same name that is dedicated to tracking potentially dangerous asteroids.
  • In 2014, a theme park inspired by the book called Le Parc du Petit Prince was opened in France (Ungersheim, Alsace). Among the attractions are hot air balloons, planets, sheep, foxes, and other designs with shapes of the characters from the book. Have you ever been in this theme park?
  • The best known illustrations in the book are that of the little prince observing the stars on the cover and that of the boa that ate an elephant.
  • Before the arrival of the euro in France, there was a fifty franc banknote with the image of Saint-Exupéry and the Little Prince looking up at the stars.
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Fifty franc banknote

  • Orson Welles bought the rights to make the film after reading the book. It was never made but there is still the adaptation of the script by Welles.
  • According to research by Japanese Yoshitsugu Kunugiyama, the original cover illustration for The Little Prince was created by the author with a deliberate astronomical configuration. The French pilot was an expert in navigation and mathematics and the stellar location of the planets Jupiter and Saturn and the star Aldebaran form an isosceles triangle, this happened in 1940 and was repeated during the year 2000. Kunugiyama believes that Saint-Exupéry drew that intentionally arranged to commemorate the centenary of his birth.
  • The book has had many adaptations in movies, plays, animated series and even anime. There is currently a movie based on the Little Prince on the famous Netflix platform.

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