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Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to ...more
Paperback, 83 pages
Published June 29th 2000 by Harcourt, Inc. (first published April 6th 1943)
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Jorge L. That's a hard question to answer. Technically, this book is suitable for children as young as 6 years old but I doubt that most would completely…moreThat's a hard question to answer. Technically, this book is suitable for children as young as 6 years old but I doubt that most would completely understand it at that age. One of my professors once told me that this book should be read 3 times in one's life: as a child, as a young adult and as an older adult. I think he said so because as we grow older our perspective changes, and thus we become able to appreciate things in different ways.
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Nataliya

*** For those who somehow have no idea about what happens in The Little Prince or cannot figure it out at a reasonable spot in the book, here is a warning - THERE WILL BE, as much as I hate applying this term to this incredibly famous classic that does not rely on Aha! moments to keep the readers' attention, SPOILERS! ****


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'You do understand that the Little Prince died?' my mother asked as carefully and gently as only adults who know that loss of innocence can be crushing but is brutal
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Manny
The next asteroid the Little Prince came to was inhabited by a Quiz Addict. He sat hunched in front of his laptop, and barely looked up when the Little Prince greeted him. There was nowhere else to sit, since the whole asteroid was covered in books.

"Good morning!" said the Little Prince.

"I'm sorry, I don't have time to talk to you," said the Quiz Addict. "I am very busy. Wait. In Twilight, what color was Edward's car?"

"I don't know," said the Little Prince. "I have never read this book Twilight.
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Erin
Apr 29, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
We are all children in adults bodies. Yes we are, don't think we aren't for one moment. The fact that we WERE, indeed, children, is a huge part of each of us. It is possible to shed a few appreciative tears on every page of this book if you entertain the thought that the pilot IS The Little Prince. Maybe you won't think that--maybe you'll have your own take on the book---that's the magic about it. This book is translated to English from French. If you understand and/or appreciate French, the ...more
Stephen
A "Daddy/Daughter nighttime reading hour" review

This was a toughy for me to review. I wasn't sure of the best perspective from which to provide comments so as to be of assistance to my fellow readers since this is a children's book (rather than YA which would be reviewed purely on its own merits). After a short session of "what should I do," I bravely decided to punt, figuring that there are already more than enough excellent reviews of this without my clogging up the cyber arteries with another
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Alejandro
Beautiful reading!


WHEN A ROSE IS NOT A ROSE

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

I plan to read The Little Prince since many time ago, and I was aware that it was a quick reading, but still I hadn’t do it yet, until now.

I went to the cinema theaters and I watched the new animated film about it, and while I hadn’t read the book, I watched the film and I loved it. I was aware that it wasn’t an exact adaptation per se, and then I knew th
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Farshad
Apr 14, 2016 Farshad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

یاد آن روزها که بلندترین ساختمان شهر، سیلوی گندم بود بخیر، آن روز ها، عصر که میشد میرفتم در حیاط خانه و جایی پشت بوته گل رز پنهان میشدم، آن وقت به انتظار گربه های ی بخت برگشته مینشتم. سر و کله یکی شان که پیدا میشد، با لنگه کفش کهنه به سوی ش نشانه میرفتم و سپس پرتابی بی نهایت جانانه. با تمام این اوصاف چابکی گربه از دقت نشانه گیری من افزون بود و تیر هرگز به هدف اصابت نمیکرد. جز یکبار که کفش کهنه به کمر گربه نگون بخت برخورد کرد و گربه فریادی از سر درد و غافلگیر ی برآورد. آن روز اولین باری بود که خو
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Franco  Santos
Feb 15, 2016 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro tan brillante como una estrella. Me corrijo: mi estrella. La que, para mí, siempre será la más brillante.
Anne
May 10, 2007 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who know a sated boa constrictor is *not* a hat
There's a huge place in my heart for this little world-in-a-book; I read it first when I was wee, again many times since. A review won't do it justice, so I'll quote one of my favorite passages and risk sentimentality:
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"Nothing is perfect," sighed the fox.
But he came back to his idea.
"My life's very monotonous," he said. "I hunt chickens; men hunt me.
All chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike.
And in consequence, I am a little bored.
But if you tame me, it'll be as if the sun ca
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Rajat Ubhaykar
Nov 13, 2012 Rajat Ubhaykar rated it really liked it
Written as a children's book, I find myself unable to pin down firmly as to what makes The Little Prince such a universally likeable book, be it children or grown-ups. What makes it the Hotel California of literature?

Is it because most grown-ups secretly love being treated like kids? I think as a grown-up you ought to know better than that. Grown-ups like to be petted around now and then in jest, but that's the end of it. Often, when grown-ups are indeed treated like kids and they're not in the
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Nandakishore Varma
I have read only three books which I felt were magical: One Hundred Years of Solitude, To Kill a Mockingbird and this one. However, what separates this from the other two is that this is a book for all ages.

There was a magazine called "Imprint" (now defunct) during my childhood, in India. It used to publish literary articles and stories. My father got official copies and he brought them home regularly. One issue contained this story, and he gave it to me for reading. I was maybe 10-12 at that ti
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Afshar
Jan 18, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1
دوروز پیش یعنی 25 دی ماه 93 بالاخره برای بار سوم شازده کوچولو رو تموم کردم
با خودم قرار گذاشتم هر سال یه بار بخونمش تا شازده کوچولو رو فراموش نکنم و دنیا برام رنگ عادت نگیره و هر چیزی که میبینم مثه شازده کوچولو و زوربا شگفت زده ام کنه و این قسمت وجودم همیشه بیدار بمونه

اولین بار ترجمه شاملو رو خوندم و زیاد تحت تاثیرش قرار نگرفتم و بخودم میگفتم این همه تعریف از کتاب برای چی بوده؟؟
بار دوم که کتاب رو خوندم برای همیشه عاشقش شدم
نمیدانم تاثیر دقت کردن در بار دوم بود یا ترجمه زیبای محمد قاضی!!؟؟

شازده ك
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Paul Bryant
Apr 28, 2011 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
In a grimy underground locked public toilet The Little Prince wakes slowly, he’s been out cold for hours. He’s bleeding from a gash on his upper arm. He finds he is chained by leg irons to the wall. There is another person sharing his predicament. It’s a bear, also chained to the opposite wall. In the center of the floor is the corpse of what appears to be donkey in a pool of blood. Near the corpse are a gun, a tape recorder and a saw.

“Grownups are very strange,” said the Little Prince to himse
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Laurel
May 06, 2007 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the first time in quite a while that I'd seen my uncle. He had crossed the country to visit us. When he reached our house, he hugged and kissed us all, then pulled out the English version of this book.
"This is for you," he said, "and on the next starry night, I'm going to read it to you."
I gave him a puzzled look.
He explained, "you have to read this on a night when you can see the stars. Don't worry, you'll understand."

The starry night came, and we settled in for a few hours of reading. A
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Ahmad Sharabiani
574. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
شازده کوچولو - آنتوان دو سنت اگزوپری (امیرکبیر و ...) ادبیات
موسسه انتشارات نگاه، چاپ دوم این اثر را با نام «شهریار کوچولو» و برگردان «احمد شاملو» در سال 1373 منتشر کرده است
اما سرانجام، بعد از مدتها راه رفتن از میان ریگها و صخره ها و برفها به جاده ای برخورد. و هر جاده ای یکراست میرود سراغ آدمها. گفت: سلام. و مخاطبش گلستان پر گلی بود. گلها گفتند: سلام. شهریار کوچولو رفت تو بحرشان. همه شان عین گل خودش بودند. حیرتزده، ازشان پرسید: شماها کی هستید؟ گفتن
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Clau R.
Pero qué cosa tan más hermosa.

Tengo un vago recuerdo de haberlo leído cuando estaba pequeña, pero ni de cerca me impactó como me ha impactado ahora.
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 08, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jillian
Review After Re-Reading - February 9, 2012

Rating: 3 stars!

Although I still liked it, I have to lower the rating by two stars because:
1. The book is really intended for children as it is very whimsical and illogical. We husbands cannot give an empty wallet to our wives and tell them that there is our salary inside and expect them to be happy. Honey, here is my wallet, what is essential is invisible to your eyes!

2. Saint-Ex contradicted himself so several times via his characters. For example, he
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Rowena
Oh this book! The Little Prince has been my faithful and trusted friend since I was a child. It's amazing how differently I looked at the book as an innocent 9 year old to the adult who I am now. The simple truths in this book are amazing, I could quote them for days and days. They are very philosophical and even though they are often over-quoted, it doesn't make them less true. The illustrations are simple. I re-read this book at least once a year to remind myself to be as inquisitive as a ...more
Dannii Elle
This was undoubtedly one of the most charming and beautiful things I have ever read! I clearly lived a very deprived childhood (lol) and had not previously read this, but the brilliance and lasting power of this story is such that it can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Indeed, much of the text seemed aimed at grown-ups, rather than the childhood audience this book is marketed at, and their inability to enjoy and devour the beauty that lives in the world. It has a philosophical and ...more
Rinda Elwakil
Jul 22, 2016 Rinda Elwakil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: تشبهني
"إن هؤلاء الكبار لا يدركون شيئاً من تلقاء نفوسهم، فلا بد للصغار أن يشرحوا لهم و يطيلوا الشرح و يكرروا، و لا يخفي ما في هذا من التعب و العناء"..

كانت هذه معاناة طفل صغير ملّ أن الكبار لا يروا ما يراه، أقول لك أن هذا الرسم ثعبان بوا يهضم فيلاً، فلِم تصر علي أنه قُبعة؟!

"الكبار جادون، جادون للغاية"
رحل الصغير مُغضباً بطائرته الخاصة إلي صحراء أفريقية، في مكان يبعد ألف ميل عن كل أرض مسكونة..فلك أن تتخيل ذعره و هو يري طفلاً آخر أشقر الشعر يطلب منه أن يرسم له خروفاً..طفلاً يُدعي الأمير الصغير..

صحبه الطفل
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أحمد
Aug 01, 2016 أحمد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يقولون إنه من كُتب الأطفال! وأظن أن من يعتقد ذلك عَجَز عن فهم الكتاب. فهو ليس كتابا للأطفال، وإنما هو حُلمٌ عجيب لطفل كبير حكيم! حلم يبحث في دهشة عن حقيقة هذا العالم، ويسخر من شوائبه الزائلة، وممن يعتقد أنه "نضج" وفهم "الأمور المهمة" جيدا! هذا الكتاب ميزان للناس، من يقرؤه يعرف مكانه، ومن قرأه ولم يعرف مكانه، فهو في لا مكان!

أحمد الديب
مايو 2010

تحديث: كتبت مقالًا عن الفيلم المتحرك المبني على قصة الأمير الصغير، وهذا رابطه:
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Heba
Mar 03, 2015 Heba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
من يقرأ "الأمير الصغير" فليدرك انه سيحبه ويصدقه"...تذكر مقولتي تلك حينما تقرأه :))
وكيف لا تحب الامير الصغير وهو يُحدث قلبك...
..وحديث القلب لا تتعثر خطواته ولا يُخطىء مرماه
لن يترك لك فرصة ذلك الفيلسوف الصغير لكى تُعمل عقلك فى محاولة لفهم ما تنطوى عليه قصصه القصيرة من حكمة إنسانية وفلسفة رمزية
لذا سيُصدق قلبك لا مُحال حديثه لأنه وحده من سيفهم لغة الأمير الصغير
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"النجوم قد تكون مُرشدة لأحدهم فى ظُلمة الليل ..وقد تكون لُغزاً يتوجب معرفته من عالم فلك بارع
وقد ترفع رأسك ذات ليله لترى فى كل نجمة زهرة
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بثينة العيسى

كتاب لذيذ، شهي، عذب، لامسني في أعمق شغافي، في طفولتي. فتنني وعشقته، يندرُ أن أقبّل كتبي - إذ يجب التحفظ قليلا مع هذه الكائنات - ولكنني قبلتُ هذا الأمير الصغير، وردته ونجمته وبراكينه الخامدة، قبلته في قلبه.

عودوا أطفالاً هنا :)
Nishat
Aug 26, 2016 Nishat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All the grown-ups who remember being children
"Only the children know what they are looking for"

A child is mysterious. He doesn't know much. The time that is offered to him, is the time he passes lavishly. Memories that he make, are the memories that will wound and comfort him later in his life. Secrets that he lock in his sweet, stubborn heart, are bits of the unattainable truth that he will search for later. Because a child knows enough. Because he knows what he wants.

"Wait for a time, exactly under the star. Then, if a little man appears
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Fabian
Sep 15, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it
For a kid's story, this one has rather heavy-handed intentions embedded into a system of symbols that exists to produce a strong and emotional effect. Like Voltaire in "Micromegas", Antoine de Saint-Exupery plays with sizes and scales, meddles with the allegorical and even plays with time. He knew, like an astute psychoanalyst, precisely which images to use to convey the mere representation of Mortality. Le Petit Prince is the Everyman who has a deep passion somewhere inside of him and only with ...more
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[10/10]

I rediscovered my love for cartoons recently. I was brought up in a traditional Hindu household and the small town schools did not have much scope for an international exposure. Therefore, all that I learnt as a kid was limited to the little Shiva or Krishna or Ram stories from the Hindu mythology and Panchatantra(Amar Chitra Katha), Tenali Rama and the like.

I had absolutely no idea of what kids in other parts of the world read about.

And then came TV and Cartoon Network. My dad had strict
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Aurora
Dec 21, 2015 Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apeteceu-me reler antes de ver o filme :')

Tiro sempre algo diferente de cada vez que leio este livro, simplesmente incrível.
Ahmad Sharabiani
574. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
شهریار کوچولو - آنتوان دو سنت اگزوپری (امیرکبیر و نگاه)، برگردان احمد شاملو، ادبیات
از بچه ها عذر میخواهم که این کتاب را به یکی از بزرگترها هدیه کرده ام. برای این کار یک دلیل حسابی دارم: این «بزرگتر» بهترین دوست من، تو همه ی دنیاست. یک دلیل دیگرم هم این که این «بزرگتر» همه چیز را میتواند بفهمد، حتا کتابهایی را که برای بچه ها نوشته باشند. عذر سومم این است که این «بزرگتر» تو فرانسه زندگی میکند، و آنجا گشنگی و تشنگی میکشد، و سخت محتاج دلجویی است. اگر ه
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Jonathan Ashleigh
Feb 02, 2016 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: recent
I was excited to get into this book because of its praise and was pleasantly surprised by the drinking allowed to occur within a children's book. The tale was worth reading and I see why someone would enjoy reading it to a child. At its best, The Little Prince encourages children to question authority and demand answers while portraying the adults of the world as confused. But at its worst, that prince was just an anecdotal part of a children's book with less substance than I expected. The part ...more
Juliana Zapata
May 26, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
No hay ninguna crítica que hacer a este libro. Recuerdo haberlo leído cuando estaba en el colegio, pero volver a leerlo ha sido increíble.
Siento que este es un libro para cualquier edad, porque dependiendo de la edad que tengas le darás una interpretación u otra.
Simplemente hermoso

Reseña Completa: http://bastvilard.blogspot.com/2015/0...
Manny
We have visited Spain twice in the last year, and this time I decided that I really had to get better acquainted with the Spanish language. I knew that it was structurally very similar to French, but I had little vocabulary. I decided to try my usual first move: I went into a bookstore, bought a copy of Le Petit Prince, and opened it at page 1.

Not, who fails to share my passion for language, was skeptical. If I more or less know this book by heart, she asked logically, in what sense am I readin
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