Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Little Prince With and Without Music

The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
meets many of my criteria as a good book choice for my son -
1) Short
2) Amply and clearly illustrated
3) Poetic
4) Extraordinarily well written.
5) A classic children's book.
But I've never been able to really interest him in it.
Until now.
Several years ago when PBS telecast the opera of The
Little Prince (Portman), we watched it. I loved it and bought
the dvd, which my son refused to watch because he
had watched it already.
But about a week ago he suddenly decided he wanted
to watch it again, so we did - in sections this time
because of school nights.
Then he found the book on his shelves and started
studying the text to compare the words with the
libretto of the opera.
How unexpected and how wonderful. 
-Spectrum Mom

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