Friday, 27 May 2011

Theme 4: The Little Prince's Planet

For this Theme I have chosen the Little Prince's home planet.  For those of you who haven't heard of it I've copied a description of his home planet from wikipedia:

The home asteroid or "planet" of the little prince is introduced. His asteroid (planet) is the size of a house and named B-612, which has three volcanoes (two active, and one dormant) and a rose among various other objects. The naming of the asteroid is a conceptual illustration that adults will only believe a scientist who is dressed or acts as they do. According to the book, the asteroid was sighted by a Turkish astronomer in 1909 who had then made a formal demonstration of asteroid B-612 to the International Astronomical Congress. However, due to his clothing, he was ridiculed. After a Turkish dictator forced him and his people to dress like Europeans, he went again to present asteroid B-612 to the International Astronomical Congress. This time, he was believed and was credited with the discovery.

The prince spends his days caring for his "planet", pulling out the baobab trees that are constantly trying to take root there. The trees will make his little planet turn to dust if they are not removed. Throughout the book he is taught to be patient and to do hard work to keep his "planet" in order. The prince falls in love with a rose that takes root in his planet, who appears to not return his love due to her vain nature. 

And if you want to read the book (it's very short and VERY good) there's a link to download it here:

I always imagined the planet to be bigger than the pictures in the book, and I wanted to show the scene where the Little Prince watches the sunset 44 times in one day by moving his chair a little forward each time.  I also put the rose in too as she plays such a big part in the Little Princes life.  She's modelled on the rose from Beauty in the Beast, but with more thorns (precisely three!) and less wiltage.  Looking at the scene it feels really empty but it seemed to take so long to do.  Environments are difficult.  Goodness knows how Suba and Sarah Dargie do it!  :D

x Lynne

1 comment:

  1. Yaaas! Finally I have time and this is easily one of my favourite books of all time. Also you made me blush with that last sentence. X