This is one of those books that I remember vividly from my childhood, though I don’t remember ever reading it or listening to someone read it to me. But I remember it. I coveted this book – it always seemed so special somehow. It was a lovely hardcover edition, with that iconic illustration on the cover. I remember going through and studying all the pictures in detail though I never really knew what the story was about. So I recently saw this shiny new paperback edition at the bookstore and I snatched it up – eager to finally know the story.
The story itself, taken literally is simple enough. I don’t know why I didn’t read it as a child – I must not have known how to read well enough yet. But it tells the story of a pilot who crash lands in the Sahara Desert and meets The Little Prince who comes from a different planet. As the pilot is fixing his aircraft, The Little Prince shares stories of his life, memories and such until the plane is fixed and The Little Prince is ready to travel back to his home again.
|This looks like the copy I had as a child.|
But if you read between the lines, you’ll find much more than a whimsical children’s story – because all of the stories that The Little Prince shares all have a deeper meaning; there are morals there if you’d like to look closely enough. This book puts forth the idea that these deeper meanings are already well known and understood by children, but its the grown ups who forget and need to be reminded. I tend to agree… we as grown ups tend to get so wrapped up in what we think is important that we might miss what is really truly important.
A favorite quote, from page 63 (and also on the cover):
“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. First published 1943.
Source: Purchased New
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The Little Prince