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“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
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 behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
They say the loveliest things come in small packages, and that is especially true of this book. Antonie De Saint writes a book that has the unique magic of being able to be read by all ages, and each time it’s read have a different message taken away from within it’s pages.
“Grown-ups never understand anything about themselves and it’s rather tedious for children to have to explain thing to them time and time again”
The Little Prince is a charming story that takes the reader across the universe. Along the way meeting the inhabitants of several planets who make the reader think about their values and question what it truly means to be an adult. While meeting these characters you realise as we grow up we can loose our childlike sense of wonder.
“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
The adventures the characters encounter throughout the book will keep young readers enthralled and older readers evaluating their principles. The book seems particularly important when thinking about what we are teaching kids in school today. I was reminded throughout the book that children are being increasingly discouraged to spend time on creative studies. Schools holding the importance of maths and the sciences in high regard, with little care of the creative studies. Not that I believe there is anything wrong with those areas of study, I simply worry kids will miss out on areas that will encourage creative thoughts and freedoms.
“You’re beautiful, but you’re empty. No one could die for you.”
Personally I took away from the story the vast gap between how we think when we are younger verse how we think when we reach mature age, and how perhaps we should keep more of the naivety of the thinking of our youth.
If you have yet to pick up the Little Prince please do! And let me know what message you took away from it! Below are some quotes that had a particular impact on me…
“I admire you, but why should that mean so much to you?”
“I am who I am and I have the need to be.”
“But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”
“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, “Yes, the stars always makes me laugh!” And they will think you are crazy.”