“One day, the author reminisces, when his plane was forced down in the Sahara, a thousand miles from help, he encountered a most extraordinary small person. “If you please, ” said the stranger, “draw me a sheep.” And thus begins the remarkable history of the Little Prince.
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 of 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, where he learned, finally, from a fox, the secret of what is really important in life.”
This very small book is a rare gem. It’s fable-like narration and insightful simplicity combine to create a timeless and enchanting story. Saint-Exupery’s writing is disarming and inviting, as soon as I read the dedication, I already knew it was going to be a winner. It is at the same time wise and philosophical as well as poetic and funny. A must-read that, in it’s own very unique and renowned way, reflects on what really matters in life.
Recommended to any reader, children and adults alike. 4 stars.