April 13, 2011

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

When was the last time you looked up at the stars and laughed because you could hear them tinkling like little bells? When have your travels included visiting a king, a drunkard who kept drinking so he could forget that he was ashamed of drinking, or a serious businessman who spent his days sitting at his serious desk, counting the stars? What would you think if I told you of a lamplighter who lived on a planet that had only one street lamp and nothing else, and his job was to light the lamp and then put it out immediately, and he did this all day, everyday? Have you ever seen a fox that wanted to be tamed or a rose that was narcissistic?

What an absolutely charming book this is, and it has truly captured my heart with its simple language yet incredible depth to its message!  The book covers describes it this way: 'A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please", asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper...' Thus begins this wise and amazing fable that teaches us the secret of what is really important in life.

This book is a treasure. It reminds me of how we forget that we were once little children and describes grown-ups are being strange. It is refreshing to once again see the world through they eyes of a child, and yet ponder the deeper meaning of life. It brings to light how sometimes we can go about life being so wrapped up in it, that we fail to make important connections with people; how we get busy looking for something but don't really know what it is we are looking for. I don't want to ever be too grown-up where I forget to take in life's splendid moments, enjoy a beautiful sunset or laugh at the stars. I will cherish this book all my life and will most definitely read it to my children and give it  as a gift to friends and family.

With its simple language, powerful meanings, charming illustrations and a message to live, love and find the deeper meaning of one's life, this book is a must-read!!!!

"Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery. (Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.)


  1. I've never looked at this one, although I'm familiar with it. I'm glad it's so good. I think it's one I need to check out.
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  2. I absolutely love this book. It's always been one of my favorites and when I went to Paris I had to find a picture of the prince and his fox. Definitely a book everyone should (and can because it's so short) read.


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