Section 1 pp. 1-21
The story of The Little Prince is about
a pilot who crashes his plane in the desert. The author of the story was also a pilot who was stuck in the desert after his plane crashed.
The pilot in the book meets a little prince from another planet.
- Do you
think everything in the book actually happened to the man who wrote
- What's the difference between reality and make-believe?
- Can things we read about in stories be real?
- Can we make a list
of some things that we might find in this story that are real and
some things we might find
that aren't real?
- Can you think of a story you've heard that has both things from real life
and make believe in it?
The pilot points out that, "When you tell them about a new friend, [grown-ups]
never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: 'What does his
voice sounds like?' 'What games does he like best?' 'Does he collect butterflies?' They
ask: 'How old is he?' 'How many brothers does he have?' 'How much does he weigh?' 'How
much money does his father make?'"
- How do you describe a friend?
The pilot says grown-ups will believe the little prince
existed if you say, "The planet he came from is Asteroid B-612." He says grown-ups won't believe
he existed if you say, "The proof of the little prince's existence is that
he was delightful, that he laughed, and that he wanted a sheep."
- What do you think
proves that the little
The pilot explains, "If I try to describe him here, it's so I won't forget
describing somebody help you remember him or her?
- What's another way to
remember a person? (Can point out that the pilot also makes a picture of
We learn from the pilot that, "It's already been 6 years since [the
little prince] went away."
- If the little prince left Earth 6 years
ago, but his friend still remembers him, does the little prince still
exist? (Can ask if he still exists
on Earth to clarify.)
If the pilot doesn't fix his plane,
he might die. The little prince thinks the war between the sheep
and the flowers is more serious.
- Which do you think is
more serious? Why?
The pilot drops his tools and consoles the little prince. He thinks taking
care of his friend is more serious than his own life.
- Would you have taken
your friend or fixed your plane?
- Is it ever OK to think your friend's problems are more serious than
- When is it OK to think your own problems are more serious?
Section 2 pp. 22-43 Chapters VIII-XIV
Let's make a list of people who have authority.
- If the king in the story has no subjects, then does the king really have authority?
- Does anybody or anything obey the king's commands?
- What gives people authority?
- Who do you admire?
- Why does the vain man in the story want admiration?
- Does he deserve to be admired?
- Have you ever been admired?
- What were you admired for?
- Who admired you?
- What is admiration?
The businessman says he owns the stars because he was the first to think of
- Do you agree with him?
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