The idea of the author is deeply original. The child still has a sense that adults have lost. Saint Exupéry reviews his earliest memories to develop his own conception of the world, simple enough to appeal the children and yet complex enough for the adults to seek and find hermetic meanings.
The idea for the book came a few months earlier when the editor Curtice Hitchcock observed the writer busy to create drawings on the tablecloth of the restaurant. Saint Exupéry executed himself the deliberately childish illustrations for the Little Prince in ink and watercolor, indivisible from the text.
The Turkish astronomer is a politically important character of the tale. He found at the farthest end of the world the tiny asteroid on which the Little Prince is living, but the adults did not believe him because he was not dressed in Western style.
The original art 21 x 24 cm of one of the illustrations of the Little Prince is estimated € 400K, for sale on December 9 in Paris by Artcurial, lot 365. The astronomer lectures his discovery before a paper board covered with mathematical formulas. The image is shown in the post shared by BFMTV.