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Listen&Learn: The Little Prince

Jaksyn Peacock
Learn about the famous book by French author and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
The Little Prince

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • novella: a short novel
  • narrator: a character who tells a story
  • pilot: someone who flies a plane
  • repair: to fix something
  • allegory: a story with a hidden meaning
  • wreckage: pieces of a destroyed object

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Little Prince is a novella written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The narrator of the story is a pilot who has crashed in the . While trying to repair his , the pilot meets a young prince from another planet, who tells him stories about the people he has met on his . Each story is an allegory that makes fun of the way adults think and act. The Little Prince was originally published in 1943, in both French and English. It is likely that some parts of the book were by the author’s life. Saint-Exupéry was also a pilot, and he spent some time stranded in the desert after a plane in 1935. Only a year after The Little Prince was published, Saint-Exupéry disappeared while flying over France. The wreckage of his plane was not found until 2000.

Comprehension questions

1. The narrator of the story is

Correct! Wrong!

The narrator of the story is a pilot who has crashed in the desert.

2. The book was originally published in

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The book was originally published in both French and English.

3. A year after The Little Prince was published, Saint-Exupéry

Correct! Wrong!

A year after The Little Prince was published, Saint-Exupéry disappeared while flying over France.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. The Little Prince is a story about the way children view the world. What are some lessons that you think adults could learn from children?

Transcript

The Little Prince is a novella written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The narrator of the story is a pilot who has crashed in the desert. While trying to repair his plane, the pilot meets a young prince from another planet, who tells him stories about the people he has met on his journey. Each story is an allegory that makes fun of the way adults think and act. The Little Prince was originally published in 1943, in both French and English. It is likely that some parts of the book were inspired by the author’s life. Saint-Exupéry was also a pilot, and he spent some time stranded in the desert after a plane crash in 1935. Only a year after The Little Prince was published, Saint-Exupéry disappeared while flying over France. The wreckage of his plane was not found until 2000.

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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