The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publication date: 1943
Publisher: Folio
Pages: 96
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Timeless beloved classic! “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has been cherished by children and adults alike for over 70 years. I, myself, have read it at least 7 times and each time, I appreciate its meaning even more than the last. It isn’t surprising that the book’s recent movie adaptation has become my favourite animated film (sorry, Tangled!) and all I can talk about for the past week and a half. It even incited me to revisit the book one more time.

For those who are unfamiliar with this story, it’s about a little prince living on an asteroid where he spends his days making sure that baobabs don’t overgrow and ruin his asteroid. One day, he notices a different seed growing. It was a beautiful rose and the little prince loved her. However, he begins to doubt her sincerity as she became more and more vain, and demanding of his care. He decides to leave his asteroid and his rose, and flies away with the help of a flock of birds. On his journey, he meets different grown-ups from one asteroid to another until he lands on Earth. He encounters a talking snake, tames a wise fox who shares with him a secret, and develops a friendship with an Aviator who is the narrator of the story.

“The Little Prince” deals with love, friendship, loss and loneliness in a very imaginative way. When I first read the story as a child, it was this fantastic tale where nothing needed to make sense while actually making a lot of sense at the same time. Through my eyes, it was simply beautiful and didn’t require any explanation. As I grew up, and reading the book again and again, there was always more to the story that I didn’t see or understand the previous time. I believe that’s exactly what makes this novella so wonderful. A magical story becoming philosophical with a much deeper meaning to it.

De Saint-Exupéry dedicated this book to his close friend and wrote: “All grown-ups were once children but only a few of them remember it.” It became the main theme of the animated movie that I absolutely adore. The film is not quite a direct adaptation but it stayed true to the story. It begins exactly the same way as the book and captures its meaning even better with its own twist. The artists that worked on the movie did a terrific job by integrating the original look of the characters according to the author’s aquarelle drawings. I’m a child at heart and love watching animated movies but this one left me in complete awe…and in tears.

I would really love to know your thoughts on “The Little Prince”. If you haven’t read the book, I hope you will or at least watch the movie because it is an absolute gem. I must confess that I have seen it twice already since its release in theatres in Quebec. It’s the type of movie that you can keep watching over and over again without being bored of it…just like the book.

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