Today’s book review will be on ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine De Saint- Exupéry. Growing up as a child this was one of my favourite books with a very important life lesson to learn.
‘The little prince’ tells the story of a pilot stranded in the desert fixing his aeroplane, until one day he meets a little boy – the Little Prince. The Little Prince tells the pilot many stories of his magical journey from his little planet and of his encounters with different grown-ups. The story focuses on how grown-ups are only interested in figures or matters of very little importance in life, in which the Little Prince cannot understand. The story highlights how most grown-ups miss out on the simple things in life, such as friendship, love and the beauty of the world because they are too occupied with gaining wealth and power. They are tricked into believing that figures or having money is important, but their life has no meaning.
What I like most about ‘The Little Prince’ is the key message of:
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
It teaches the reader that it is important to look beneath the surface to truly understand something, which most people fail to do as they are only interested in the face-value of something, as demonstrated at the very beginning of the story. This is a very important message for any child or grown-up to understand, in which the book demonstrates very beautifully.
The story writing itself is kept very simple with no rhythm or rhyme, but the imagination and maturity of the story keeps the reader interested. Along with the use of drawings by the author to help the reader visualise some things which may be unfamiliar. Not everyone knows what ‘Baobabs’ are?
Overall I would recommend ‘The Little Prince’ to all children over the age of 8, as younger readers may fail to understand certain words or the key message being portrayed. They may also find the book too serious, lacking any fun or humour, while older readers will definitely appreciate the beautiful message in this old tale.
Final Book Ratings:
Overall Rating: 8/10
You can purchase your copy of ‘The Little Prince’ from Amazon or borrow a copy from your local library.