The Little Prince

The Little Prince

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An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 2000
ISBN: 9780152023980
9780156012072
9780156012195
9780547978840
Branch Call Number: Fiction Saint CHILD
Characteristics: 83 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Howard, Richard 1929-- Translator

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The little prince leaves his planet and encounters strange other worlds in space.

Lost in the universe, the Little Prince must find his way!

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PimaLib_SamR May 17, 2017

Even flowers speak in this book.


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carolwu96
Sep 10, 2019

Everyone should have some idea of the basic plot of The Little Prince by now — a pilot stuck in the desert meets a little boy from another planet (or rather asteroid), who has travelled to many other planets and met their people/creatures.

Some are follies of extremity: the king who reigns over everything, the businessman who owns everything, and the lamplighter who switches on/off his lamp every minute. .

Others are more symbolic: the beloved rose with its four thorns, the fox who wanted to be tamed, and the snake that brought death.

Many claim this is a war novel. I don’t know enough contemporary history to make a statement on this theory, but my takeaway is that certain things are special because of the meaning you impart upon it, not necessarily because of the things themselves. This should be fairly evident from the Prince’s attitude towards the rose as well as the fox’s towards him. Similar to in the book, certain things are important in real life because of the meaning/energy/time we devote to them.

Throughout the book, I kept asking myself the reason for the narrator’s presence. Initially, it seemed perfectly unnecessarily to describe the narrator’s past and his antipathy towards the “grown-ups” who have no imagination and were only preoccupied with practical life. However, as the narrator’s attitude towards the Little Prince shifted, it became clear that it was precisely the child inside him that allowed the Little Prince to wield his influence over the him and thus reader.

Although the narrator did not want to be tamed, as he did not wish to suffer over the Prince’s demise/disappearance, he was tamed. Through connecting with the narrator, the children inside of us also looked up from their slumber.

And we too were tamed.

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kwsmith
Jun 30, 2019

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye." Written during World War II, this classic children's story contrasts the different ways that children and adults view the world. Over time, this remarkable little book became the most popular non-religious text ever published. Saint-Exupéry was a pioneering aviator who survived a 1935 plane crash in the Libyan desert where he suffered vivid dehydration-induced hallucinations before being rescued by a Bedouin on a camel. Not surprisingly, The Little Prince story begins with a pilot who has crashed in the desert and meets a small strange visitor from outer space. Shortly after The Little Prince was published, Saint-Exupéry vanished in another plane crash in the Mediterranean. He was presumed dead, but I like to think that he met his own Little Prince at the end of his story.

onehalfofyouth May 25, 2019

“BAOBABS” from recording artist REGINA SPEKTOR: “Baobabs” makes several references to The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. In the novel, the main character lives on an asteroid and spends his days pulling out the Baobab trees that are constantly sprouting on the asteroid. (via songmeanings.com)

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 18, 2019

The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, follows a little prince through the journey of love, finding oneself, about one's life, human and nature. The book starts with a narrator, who questions the readers about adults, while somewhat insulting them. The narrator is keen in making sure that the readers understand that adults do not have a child like spirit. The narrator is a pilot who crashed landed on the sahara desert with only enough water to last 8 days, during this time he meets a little prince who asks him to draw him a picture of a sheep. No matter how many times the narrator draws the sheep, the little prince is unhappy with the way it looks, until he draws a sheep that is "inside a box". From here, the story begins to talk about a little prince who lives on the planet B612, the story follows the little prince on a journey of love, and self discovery. The prince encounters people from other planets, those too full of themselves, too greedy, too narcissitic, too irresponsible and so on. He also meets new friends and experiences sadness, loss and eventually death. @Lime_Latte of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I read this book for my high school French class and found that it was a delightful and heartwarming story for all ages. Often I find that reading a book for class makes it very difficult to enjoy, but studying this book in depth helped me to realize that this novel is so much more than some fairy tale for kids. Saint-Exupery uses simple and straightforward language to criticize adults and the short-sightedness of modern society. The character of the little prince is both wise and naïve at once, and his inquisitive nature and tendency to take things literally effectively demonstrates the absurdity of behaviours that we take for granted. This book does not have to be super complex in order to convey deep truths about human nature, and reading it has pushed me to re-evaluate what is truly important in my life. And even if you don’t enjoy the book, the adorable illustrations will surely still make it worth the read! @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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btelford
Apr 29, 2019

Read this after meeting Moshe Kalili at the Reach Gallery. If you haven’t seen his exhibit you have to before it ends. Brilliant artist with a passion for detail The Little Prince was his inspiration for some of the art he has on display.

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tweedim32
Jan 25, 2019

I enjoyed this and was very happy I re-read it as an adult. I think I read it as a child, or maybe even in high school French class, and I got very little out of it. At least I understood it this time around! I'm not sure I'd go all the way to "best ever" or to getting a Little Prince tatoo (I've seen one, and I guess now I sort of understand that)... but it's a nice story with a touching message.

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Linyarai
Jan 01, 2019

I read this for the "A Children's Book" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, the artwork and story were both delightful.

If I could only recommend one book to everyone, it is this book. I just love it and I think everyone can learn a lot from it. The way that the author describes friendship and adult relationships fascinates me so much. A much-loved classic that has stolen my heart for life! (submitted by ST)

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kathy7777
Nov 07, 2018

I read this because i am reading the top 100 books from The Great American Read. It was a complete chore to get through it and I don't understand it at all. I have read sites about how beautiful a story it is and its meaning and I just don't understand where all that was in this weird story.

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SusyHendrix
Nov 02, 2018

Very beautiful and profound children's book. The ending moved me to tears.

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Evol69
Mar 27, 2019

"To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like the grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures . . ."

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Aug 03, 2015

"One sees clearly only with the heart."--The Fox tells the Little Prince.

gash Jun 29, 2012

I know of a planet where there is a red-faced gentleman. He has never smelled a flower. He has nevere looked at a star. He has never loved anybody. He has spent all his time adding up figures. And, all day he keeps on repeating like you: "I am busy with serious matters. I am busy with serious matters," over and over again. And he swells up with pride. But he is not a man, he is a mushroom.
-The little prince

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weineat
Jun 14, 2012

"l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux"

"What are you doing there?" he said to the tippler, whom he found settled down in silence before a collection of empty bottles and also a collection of full bottles.

"I am drinking," replied the tippler, with a lugubrious air.

"Why are you drinking?" demanded the little prince.

"So that I may forget," replied the tippler.

"Forget what?" inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him.

"Forget that I am ashamed," the tippler confessed, hanging his head.

"Ashamed of what?" insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him.

"Ashamed of drinking!" The tipler brought his speech to an end, and shut himself up in an impregnable silence.

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

It is truly useful since it is beautiful.

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

One should never listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance

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gash Jun 27, 2012

This book is about a man, who doesn't understand grown-ups (Though, I think he is one himself.) He is a pilot and his plane crashes in Africa. He meets a boy from another planet, who describes to him his intergalactic adventures.

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