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Le petit prince, St Exupéry, IB

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Antoine de St Exupéry seamlessly combined his career as a pilot on long distance routes between France and Africa and in South America with his more successful career as a writer. After flying sorties for the air force as the German army invaded in 1940, St Exupéry left for New York where after writing Pilote de Guerre recounting his experiences over northern France, he was persuaded to write a children's tale.

Armed with a paintbox with which he paints his own illustrations St Ex comes up with Le petit prince which at least partly helps him deal with his current preoccupations, making up with his delectable South American wife Consuelo and getting himself back in the air. Published initially in the US in a luxurious version for children the book is published after the author's tragic death in France.

Although apparently aimed at children, the emotional depth of the short work which also takes a swipe at the materialism and self obsession of modern society, can also be read as a work of spiritual renewal by "les grandes personnes".


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French literature, resources, essays,summary

  • Full page by page vocabulary list (can be used on phone, tablet)
  • Detailed summary of text with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each chapter/scene
  • PowerPoint with visuals and sentence starters (not all texts)
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives

French literature, resources, essays,summary

  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech

  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay

French literature, essays, summary

Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary

French literature, essays, summary