The Little Prince Book 2: The Planet of the Firebird
This book series is inspired by the beloved story by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. In this book, The Little Prince and his devoted friend, Fox, travel the world in search of the Snake who goes around destroying the world. The Little Prince and Fox visit a planet that is failing because the inhabitants have angered the Firebird. The Little Prince must work with the inhabitants and teach them not to be greedy and envious, so they can work together to revitalize their planet. Once the people learn the error of their ways, their planet is restored to its original beauty. With their work done, The Little Prince and Fox continue on their journey.
This is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel. While the story is not what you would expect if you are familiar with the original The Little Prince, it is well written and compelling. The level of writing is sophisticated and fits well with the style of illustration. 2nd grade students will enjoy this book for its fantastical story and their reading skills will be challenged and tested. The reading level of this book is appropriate for second grade comprehension. It can be used as a read aloud, independent or small group reading.
The content of the story allows for classroom discussion of important topics such as greed, jealousy and cooperation. Students will be challenged to think about these ideas and encouraged to share their thoughts.
http://www.glenatbd.com/auteurs/dorison-guillaume.htm is the author’s website. The website is entirely in French.