Antoine de Saint Exupéry was born in France but wrote and illustrated The Little Prince during a self-imposed exile in America. This children’s book was published in 1943; a year later, the author was presumably shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean for his French air squadron.
When he was six, the narrator read a book about jungles and was fascinated with the fact that a boa constructor swallows its prey whole and then sleeps for six months while the meal digests. He drew a picture of the boa in this state; it looked kind of like a lumpy hat. When he showed it to adults, they all thought it was a lumpy hat and told him to study the...
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