Ke Keiki Aliʻi Liʻiliʻi
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Translator: Keao NeSmith
Softcover, 95 pp.
The Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944). It is a poetic tale self-illustrated in watercolors in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes societal criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world.
This Hawaiian language edition, translated by Keao NeSmith, is his third effort at translating English language classics into Hawaiian. NeSmith hopes his work draws attention to what he says is a lack of reading materials for Hawaiian-language immersion schools.