The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis
Peter Sis uses rich tones and thrilling plot points to depict the adventurous life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery. The story reads as a mini-biography of Antoine – the famous pilot and author of The Little Prince. While most of the story revolves around Antoine’s passion for flying, there are other elements of world history including Nazi Germany in World War II and the evolution of flying from its inception and its progress throughout the early 20th century.
Sis does not sugar coat the ups and downs of Antoine’s life. Instead, he portrays a very real synopsis of a man who refused to let his passion for flying fall to the wayside. While this story is intended for children, the text and informational subtexts read in a detailed and enticing manner. The child receives a history lesson as well as an intriguing story of a unique man’s life.
Besides plot, the illustrations are exquisite. Every page depicts a different texture and the exchange between warm and cool colors keeps the reader engaged. Furthermore, Sis includes facts throughout some of the images in order to read beyond the main plot.
Overall, I would highly recommend this story for a child who loves using his or her imagination. By taking readers on a wild ride in the sky through time, Sis truly connects with his reader by clearly conveying the purpose of this story.
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