75th Anniversary of “Le Petit Prince”

This article is about one of the most famous French writers, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and probably the most famous French book, “Le Petit Prince”.

I was actually astonished to discover two fascinating things related to “Le Petit Prince” ,aka “The Little Prince” in English.

First thing is that the book was in fact first published in the United States, not in France. For the true fans of de Saint-Exupéry it might be something extremely trivial, as they all probably know that this was where the author went into exile in 1940, after the surrender of France to Nazi Germany. “Le Petit Prince” was subsequently published in 1943 in New York and in both French and English.

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Le Petit Prince – Dédicace (Simple-French)

This is the complete text of the first part of “Le Petit Prince” called “Dédicace” (dedication from the author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) divided into smaller chunks of text with gaps.

All the “draggable” words are of CEFR A2 / B1 level.

Le Petit Prince Chapitre 1

This is the complete text of the first chapter of “Le Petit Prince”  divided into smaller chunks of text with gaps.

All the “draggable” words are of CEFR A2 / B1 level.

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Le Petit Prince: The table of Contents

  1. Dédicace
  2. Chapitre 1

Why Le Petit Prince?

What is the purpose of this book with French exercises?

The chapters are divided into sub-chapters for the sake of simplicity – it’s easier for someone learning French to cope with smaller chunks of text in the target language, especially if it is accompanied by vocabulary and grammar exercises.

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How to Use this Book?

Each chapter is accompanied by a series of vocabulary exercises and some grammar explanations. If the chapter is too long, it is split into several smaller parts to make the reading and learning easier and more agreeable.

One of the most effective language exercises is trying to summarize in simple French each part or unit that you have read using the vocabulary used in that unit.

Le Petit Prince: Dédicace

La dédicace / L’introduction

Je demande pardon aux enfants d’avoir dédié ce livre à une grande personne.

J’ai une excuse sérieuse : cette grande personne est le meilleur ami que j’ai au monde.

J’ai une autre excuse : cette grande personne peut tout comprendre, même les livres pour enfants.

J’ai une troisième excuse : cette grande personne habite la France où elle a faim et froid. Elle a besoin d’être consolée.

Si toutes ces excuses ne suffisent pas, je veux bien dédier ce livre à l’enfant qu’a été autrefois cette grande personne.

Toutes les grandes personnes ont d’abord été des enfants. (Mais peu d’entre elles s’en souviennent.) Je corrige donc ma dédicace :

À Léon Werth quand il était petit garçon.

Exercises: Vocabulary and Comprehension