Tuesday, November 23

The Little Prince and the Boa constrictor drawing

"Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal.
Here is a copy of the drawing:
In the book it said: "Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without chewing it. After that they are not able to move, and they sleep through the six months that they need for digestion."
I pondered deeply, then, over the adventures of the jungle. And after some work with a colored pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing. My Drawing Number One. It looked like this:
I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them.
But they answered: "Frighten? Why should any one be frightened by a hat?"
My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. But since the grown-ups were not able to understand it, I made another drawing: I drew the inside of the boa constrictor, so that the grown-ups could see it clearly. They always need to have things explained. My Drawing Number Two looked like this:
The grown-ups' response, this time, was to advise me to
lay aside my drawings of boa constrictors, whether from the inside or the outside, and devote myself instead to geography, history, arithmetic and grammar. That is why, at the age of six, I gave up what might have been a magnificent career as a painter. I had been disheartened by the failure of my Drawing Number One and my Drawing Number Two. Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
So then I chose another profession, and learned to pilot air-planes."
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupéry who also did the illustrations, was published in 1943 and was translated to many languages. I believe that many of us had this book on the hands for a while when we were a child. This is part, at the beginning is still on my mind.


Mar Nwe Aye said...

I love this post. :D
Some childhood memories were ever unforgettable.
" Time catches everyone
And the world goes round the sun
And the memory lives on in my heart
Going back to the start.... "

With love,

Ana said...

Thank you Mar.
I loved the poem. :)

tabulyogang said...

I love The little prince. Thank you for this post...

Ana said...

Thank you for visiting the blog.