I first read this book in the original French as part of the curriculum for my grade 12 French class. I instantly fell in love with Saint-Exupéry’s story and characters and bought the English translation.
On the surface, Saint-Exupéry’s novel appears to be a fluffy read meant for young children, but as older readers dig deeper, they realize that it’s much more than that. Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince views the world through a child’s eyes, seeing everything simply with the logic that only a child possesses. Colourful characters and worlds are brought alive through Saint-Exupéry’s simple (often sarcastic) prose.
This, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is one of those books that really make you think about things, often changing your perspective on life. Saint-Exupéry scoffs at an adult’s way of living and viewing the world, favouring the child-like wonder of the young Prince, who shows the old Pilot everything he forgot with growing up.
I feel that this novel makes you re-evaluate every aspect of your life, from your values to your morals to you priorities. Each planet that the Little Prince visits presents the reader with a common adult problem with a simple, albeit oftentimes child-like, solution.
I definitely recommend that everyone read this book at least once in their life, whether they’re old or young when they do. It’s a fantastic read for all ages, and is just as entertaining with each read.