“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Book Reviews 10 Comments 23rd May, 2011

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Published by Harcourt in 2000
Genres: Children's, Science Fiction
Pages: 85
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
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Today’s review is a bit of a reminiscence of childhood.  The Little Prince is one of the most beautiful children’s books ever written, and the story remains touching as an adult.

The novella tells the story of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert.  While there, he meets a young prince who hails from another planet (actually, an asteroid), where he spent his days tending a rose.  His rose was quite special to him, and he believed it to be the only one in existence.

The prince tells the pilot stories of his travels and the people whom he has encountered, all the while displaying a view of complete innocence.  The prince doesn’t understand the Tippler, who drinks to forget that he is ashamed of drinking, or the Geographer, who makes maps but will never venture beyond his desk, as that is the job of an Explorer.  Upon visiting Earth, the prince comes upon a group of rosebushes and realizes that his rose is not unique.  He is upset, but then a fox explains to him that his rose was unique because of the time that he put into caring for it.

The prince’s naivete is endearing, and causes one to look at the world from a different perspective.  For anyone considering reading this book, I recommend an edition with full color illustrations.  Normally I don’t consider pictures to be important in a book, but in this one they really do help create the mood of the story.

10 Responses to ““The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”

  1. Grace

    I think I actually appreciate the book way more as an adult than I did as a kid. As a kid you understand the cute story, whereas as an adult you realize there’s so much more there.

  2. 50yearproject

    Yesterday I pulled my copy of “The Little Prince” off my shelf and started looking through it. Maybe this is a sign for me to sit down and reread it. Thanks!

  3. Caroline

    It is a lovely book but it’s a bit sad that it overshadows the rest of St.Exupéry’s work which is equlylly great (I’m planning on reading Vol de Nuit one of these days) and the tragic end of his life.

  4. Hsw

    I for some reason have never read this, though I meant to. Will add it to my library list, thank you!

  5. Lynger Collado

    This book is very inspiring story that made me realized what is really important in life.

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