The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Book - 1982
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"In the exquisite imagery of this fairy tale, the poet-writer shares with children something of the mystic's vision and wisdom of life".--New York Public Library.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982, c1971.
Edition: 1st HarvestHBJ ed.
ISBN: 9780156465113
Branch Call Number: J/SAIN
Characteristics: 91 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Woods, Katherine 1886-1968.


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Oct 23, 2017

Amazing and powerful book ending with a mystery for the ages.

laurauk Aug 13, 2017

9+ Wonderful classic tale with hidden depths a must read for all ages!

Jul 25, 2017

I read this book at around 7 years old and loved it. The book has some deep insights into what it's like to be a kid, beginning with Antoine drawing an elephant digested by snake and grown-ups thinking it to be a hat. As he grows up, his view of the world becomes more concrete, and meeting a young boy in the middle of the desert reminds him of what it is to be a child.

Jul 07, 2017

The Little Prince was a whimsical book with lots of love and imagination. The story begins with an aviator who slammed his plane into the Sahara Desert. While looking for a way to survive, he spots a young boy. The boy asks the aviator to draw him a sheep. My favorite character in this book was the fox. He was my favorite character, because he taught the young boy a very important lesson. This taught the little boy that anything and everything is very important.

Mar 21, 2017

I have read books from numerous genres in great quantities. This is by far the best book I have ever read. I keep coming back to it to refresh my mind of its great words and it never gets old!

Dec 19, 2016

Great piece of literature. Not entirely what I was expecting, but it was very enjoyable and a unique read!

Dec 15, 2016

Favorite book of all time.

KristaS_KCMO Oct 31, 2016

Should be required reading for all adults everywhere!

Oct 02, 2016

I read this book after watching the film. Very deep. The reason why I hadn't read it until now was because I knew how it ended and didn't want to cry reading it. I actually didn't cry while reading it; I cried 3 times during the film, though.

Sep 08, 2016

I enjoyed reading the Little Prince since it combines a whimsical main character’s adventure between planets with interesting philosophies about interacting with others. Antoine de Saint-Exupery in The Little Prince writes the story of a young prince who leaves his planet because he catches a rose, whom he loves, in a lie. Now lonely, the young prince visits other planets to meet new people. Through caricatures of businessmen, kings, and showmen, the book’s philosophy that being too focused or narrow minded is bad is presented. The moral of the story is highlighted in every interaction between characters, however, the little prince is childish and fun which keeps the story from becoming boring. I would recommend this book for both children and for adults since it is a whimsical and philosophical combination that can be interesting for a large range of ages.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Many people revere this book as a spiritual autobiography for every reader – a moral allegory that is so relatable it must be a good book. The book written in French tells the story how Antoine de Saint-Exupery wished it to be told, and so, that was the edition I read: this book was terribly pretentious. It may have been the circumstances under which I read this book; however, the only interesting part of the book was about what the flowers represented, and what happened to them. Honestly, it isn’t worth reading to even discuss any of that – the entire text felt like a diatribe about stickler adults, and when it wasn’t very transparently referencing that society would be better if run by children, it was incredibly thick with thinly veiled metaphors. Saint-Exupery decided when writing this book that ‘less is more’ is a ridiculous saying, and that he should push the boundaries of overcomplicating simple ideas with poor execution.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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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

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.

Jun 25, 2008

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

Jun 25, 2008

It is truly useful since it is beautiful.

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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