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Spanish Senior Lecturer Ms. Roser Cervera and Deputy College Librarian Fung Cham

Once again, "The Little Prince" delighted audiences at the LRC's exhibition of Ms. Roser Cervera's collection of the beloved classic novel on Tuesday, April 23rd 2019.

Ms. Cervera first fell in love with the book when she was a little girl, and inspired by her love of languages, she set out to collect "The Little Prince" in as many as she could. "Le Petit Prince" was written by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and published in 1943, and explores themes of childhood, truth, and friendship. The book has become a worldwide phenomenon and has been translated into 300 languages, making it the most translated book in the world that is not a religious text.

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Ms. Roser Cervera with her son Biel Das, Mr. Yuming Chen, and Ms. Betsabe Riera

As a prelude to the reading presentation, Mr. Ma Qianqi and Mr. Zhang Bowen played songs on the violin for the audience.

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DHSS student Ma Qianqi played the violin before the reading presentation

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DBM student Zhang Bowen played the violin before the reading presentation

On display was a sample of Ms. Cervera’s extensive collection, with editions of the book translated into 60 languages. Ms. Cervera has a truly impressive collection of Little Prince books, totaling 430 copies she has been collecting since 1986.

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UICers enjoying “The Little Prince” display

Also on display were UICers’ personal collection of souvenirs, clay figurines of the little prince and his fox.

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"Little Prince" bookmarks and pencils were given out, and displayed with UICers’ personal collection

To demonstrate the meaningful diversity of UIC, thirty speakers in all were invited to read aloud a passage of the book in their own language or dialect. This included: Catalan, Cantonese, Korean, French, Spanish, Malay, English, Mandarin, Arabic, Chongqing, Chaoshan, Italian, Basque, Hokkien, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Hakka, Henan, and Anhui. Little Prince themed custom bookmarks and pencils were also given away at the exhibition.

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Dr. Jackie Yeoh reading a passage from "The Little Prince" in Malay

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Dr. Vincenzo De Masi reading a passage from "The Little Prince" in Italian

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Roser Cervera's son, Mr. Biel Das reading a passage from "The Little Prince" in English