The Little Prince Lands At Punggol Regional Library

The Little Prince Lands At Punggol Regional Library
Adapted from images from The National Library Board
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The Little Prince is a timeless tale of friendship, love, human nature and life. On the 80th anniversary of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s classic, a sculpture of The Little Prince has been unveiled at the Punggol Regional Library.


The Little Prince Sculpture at Punggol Regional Library

The Little Prince Sculpture at Punggol Regional Library
Image: The National Library Board

Created by Mr Arnaud Nazare-Aga, a French artist based in Thailand, the sculpture is on display at the World and Us Zone on the second floor of the Punggol Regional Library. 

Unveiling of The Little Prince Sculpture at Punggol Regional Library
Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Dr Janil Puthucheary (fourth from left), and the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Singapore Her Excellency Ms Minh-di Tang (fifth from left), together with, from left to right, NLB’s Chief Librarian/Chief Innovation Officer Mr Gene Tan, NLB’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Ng Cher Pong, artist and creator of The Little Prince sculpture Mr Arnaud Nazare-Aga, Director-General of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation Mr Nicholas Delsalle-Mun, NLB’s Partnership Division Director Ms Soh Lin Li, and NLB’s Public Libraries (Punggol Regional Library) Assistant Director Ms Verena Lee. Image: The National Library Board

The Little Prince sculpture at Punggol Regional Library is made possible by the National Library Board, Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry pour la Jeunesse (The Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation), and the Embassy of France in Singapore. It marks the parties continued partnership to promote a greater appreciation of French literature, history and culture. 

The unveiling of The Little Prince sculpture at the library on 11 July 2023 was attended by Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Dr Janil Puthucheary, NLB’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Ng Cher Pong, Ambassador of France in Singapore Her Excellency Ms Minh-di Tang, and Delegate-General of the Foundation Mr Nicolas Delsalle-Mun, the artist and creator of the sculpture Mr Nazare-Aga, along with representatives from the Embassy of France and the Foundation, and children from Skool4Kidz Preschool (One Punggol) and seniors from Precious Active Aging Centre.


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Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s Story

Antoine de Saint Exupéry's Story
Image: The National Library Board

The story of The Little Prince has been embraced by readers worldwide and been translated into over 480 languages across the globe. 

The public libraries in Singapore have a collection of over 60 translated and adapted versions of the story, which was originally published in French. These include versions in Singapore’s four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

There is also a unique interpretation in Singlish, The Leeter Tunku, that adds a local flavour to the story.


The Little Prince AR Trail & Other Programmes

The Little Prince Programmes
Image: The National Library Board

Along with the sculpture and books, patrons can explore and discover more about the story and its themes with reading and learning programmes held in collaboration with the Foundation and the Embassy of France in Singapore at Punggol Regional Library.

Programme highlights include an “Around the World with The Little Prince” interactive seven-stop augmented reality (AR) trail for patrons to explore the story’s themes together with The Little Prince and toys from the MINT Museum of Toys coming to “life”.

The Little Prince interactive trail will be available from 11 July to 30 September 2023.

Patrons can also redeem limited-edition The Little Prince-themed AR cards when they borrow at least four items from the library or on the NLB Mobile app, and complete the online quiz at the AR trail, on 11, 16, 23 and 30 July 2023, from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, or while stocks last.  

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