Title: The Little Prince
Author: Antione de Saint Exupery
Genre: Fantasy, children’s
Is this part of a series? Technically, no. We’ll get into that later.
First Published: April 6th, 1943
(from Goodreads) Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
First, it amazes me that this book is in so many different languages, and has such a following, but I have never had the inclination to read it until I read The Book Jumper. I loved this book with it’s sweetness, insight, and charm. The Little Prince leaves his very small planet that he is from and the flower that he has tended to go on an adventure to learn new things and make friends. He visits several planets, but cannot make sense of them. Each one has a character with an attribute that can often be found in adults and the world. As Exupery has his fun with these characters, the little prince moves toward new adventures. On earth, he meets a pilot that he talks to. The two talk about Earth, his world, and the flower he left behind, whom he misses deeply. In his travels here The Little Prince sees other flowers like his- roses- but realizes that they aren’t as special. He also finds a friend in a fox that he tames and grows to love and care for.
I found this small book profound in that, at least to me, it reminds us of the things that we care about. The relationships we create are what makes things special and important. He missed his friend the rose so much that he found a way to return to his planet a year after leaving. It reminded me to take time to tend to my own special things, and be aware of the loved ones I have. To allow time for magic, and not take my adult self too very seriously. In this way, though it is written for children, I feel that adults need to reread this too. Plus, it is just a great story. Five stars!
Now, this book is so popular that not only did it get translated into 300 languages and has had at least two authors write stories to take place later with The Little Prince. The Little Prince Returns was written by Jean-Pierre Davidts where a shipwrecked narrator finds The Little Prince on a deserted island. Ysatis de Saint Simone (niece of Consuelo de Saint Exupery) wrote one entitled The Return of The Little Prince. There were movie adaptations, stage plays, opera, anime, pop-up books and graphic novels (I have to find this!) It has it’s own swag-bags, socks, toys and adult coloring book. Honestly, this is not just a book, it’s a following! I am not ashamed to say that I am a bit obsessed. Thank goodness I took the time to read this one.
As there is no real adult content (one planet has a drunk), I would say that this book is for everyone. Have you read it?
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