The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry | Book Review
Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Age Range: 10+
Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Harcourt (1943)
What to expect: Fantasy, Adventure, and Friendship
The Little Prince is a book that has been translated into English from the French language. The author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was a pilot. Similarly to the pilot in his story, while flying a mission during World War II, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s plane was shot down, and it disappeared somewhere over the Mediterranean.
The Little Prince is an honest and beautiful story about loneliness, friendship, sadness, and love. The prince is a small boy from a tiny planet (an asteroid to be precise), who travels the universe, planet-to-planet, seeking wisdom. On his journey, he discovers the unpredictable nature of adults. “All grown-ups were once children… but only a few of them remember it.”
The story begins on Earth with the narrator—a crashed pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert, who is trying hard to repair his wrecked plane. One day a little boy, oddly dressed, shows up out of nowhere and insists that the pilot draw him a sheep. The pilot obeys this odd request, which strangely enough leads to the pilot learning more about the Little Prince and where he came from. What unfolds is a marvelous story that some will deem happy and some will find sad. Either way, all readers will have their minds opened wide and will hopefully grow up to be adults that will always remember they were once children, too. The Little Prince is a thin book with its mere ninety-eight pages, but don’t be fooled; it’s a brilliant book meant to be deeply thought about and to encourage you to build castles in the air.
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About the Author
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, the “Winged Poet,” was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pilot at twenty-six, he was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince, Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman’s Odyssey. In 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean
The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was reviewed by Bianca Schulze. Discover more books like The Little Prince by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Adventure, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Classics, Fantasy, Friendship, and Middle Grade Books.
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