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The Little Prince

Posted by Rachel on July 3, 2009

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level: Easy

Rating: G

Summary: “The Little Prince lived alone on a tiny planet no larger than a house. He owned three volcanoes, two active and one extinct. He also owned a flower, unlike any flower in all the galaxy, of great beauty and inordinate pride. It was this pride that ruined the serenity of the Little Prince’s world and started him on the interplanetary travels that brought him to earth. . .”

Rachel’s Review: This book was intended as a children’s book and it panders to children in a way, beginning with the idea that adults aren’t as imaginative or necessarily broad-minded as children (which, to a large extent and to the extent which the book indicates, they aren’t). I found this book on a dusty little shelf downstairs and was immediately intrigued. I had some time to kill, so I picked it up and started reading and I became thoroughly enthralled by the idea.

There are so many morals and general proverbs in this little book that I wish that everyone would read it, no matter that it was intended for children. I think that as much as it is a lovely story, very visual, that children love, it is a story that sets an example, in a way, for adults (and anyone who has taken an “adult” mindset). There are multiple philosophies that would soar over any child’s head and that seem to be aimed at the older generations that become set in their ways (and I could be reading too much into this, because sometimes that’s a fun thing to do).

Anyways, Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a thoroughly poetic and inspiring writer, and The Little Prince is insightful and beautiful and lovely and sad in the most perfect way.

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