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The Little Prince

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,738,934 ratings  ·  52,522 reviews
A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fa ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 29th 2000 by Harcourt, Inc. (first published April 6th 1943)
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Jorge 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 under…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.
I'd say that teenagers and adults would enjoy this book the most.(less)
Sandra There are many themes in the book: (e.g., People tend to become less creative and imaginative as they grow into adulthood. Most adults are preoccupied…moreThere are many themes in the book: (e.g., People tend to become less creative and imaginative as they grow into adulthood. Most adults are preoccupied with things of little real value.) For me, one of the most important themes is that we give purpose and meaning to our lives through the relationships (especially of love and friendship) we form. The Little Prince's rose is unique and more important to him than all the other roses because he cares for it and takes responsibility for it. After he tames (a metaphor for forming a relationship) the fox, it, likewise, becomes different to him from all the other foxes, and he feels responsible for it.(less)

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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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Kevin Kelsey
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
Great observations, but personally I think it's overrated. It practically begs the reader to come to the conclusion that if you don't "get it" it's your own fault because you're a "grown up, and only kids can see what matters." It's heavy handed, clumsily executed observations on what's important in life. It's not wrong by any means, but it's kind of pseudo-intellectualist.

I'm going to go with a literal interpretation of the plot, because it's more fun that way:

A man crashes his plane in the de
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Erin
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
We are all children in adult 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 deli ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 574 from 1001 Books) - Le Petit Prince = The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince, first published in 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid.

The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of the adu
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Lisa of Troy
Feb 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The Little Prince is a short story of a man who crash lands his plane in a remote part of the desert. The man meets a little fellow, The Little Prince, who regales him with his tales of his travels around the universe.

This was a short book that carried a big punch. Although it is often labeled as a children’s story, it is so full of beautiful symbolism. The Little Prince is worth reading once a year.

My favorite tale from The Little Prince’s travel is the story of the businessman. The businessman
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
So amazing. I can see many rereads of this in the years to come.
jessica
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'one sees clearly only with the heart.'

sometimes i fall into a mood where i am simply tired of life. where i just want to crawl under the duvet with a cup of tea, hug a book and never let go. 'the little prince' is that book for me. its a truly special treasure. its precious. its my rose.
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«on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur.»

parfois, je deviens fatigué de la vie. et je veux ramper sous la couette avec une tasse de thé, embrasser un livre et ne jamais lâche
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Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 574 from 1001 books) - Le Petit Prince = The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Princeis a novella by French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was first published in English and French, in April 1943.

The narrator begins with a discussion on the nature of grown-ups and their inability to perceive especially important things.

As a test to determine if a grown-up is enlightened and like a child, he shows them a picture that he drew at the age of 6 de
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Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 574 from 1001 books) - The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince, first published in April 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid.

The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of the adult world. It
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Ahmad Sharabiani
(Book 574 from 1001 books) - Le Petit Prince = The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The novella is one of the most-translated books in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into 300 languages and dialects, selling nearly two million copies annually, and with year-to-date sales of over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published. The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the aut
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chloe
4th read: October 2021
buddy read with caitlin bunny <3

3rd read: August 2017

2nd read: June 2017
I just can't get over this book. It is absolutely stunning.

This is a book I will continuously re-read throughout my life, and is especially great to read when you are becoming too consumed in the adult world. I'm in my exam period currently, so reading this now was perfect.

I also listened to the audio book for this re-read, and the narrator was perfect for this story (and he is Australian!)
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Julie G
The Little Prince is the one book of my childhood that truly wrecked me. Wrecked me, irrevocably.

It is the one story that I swore I'd never read again.

I didn't. I hadn't. I never read it to my son, either.

Then, last week, my middle child, my oldest daughter, discovered the 2015 film of it, and came to me, sobbing, and said, “Mommy, you've just got to watch this movie. It's so beautiful.”

I did. I watched it. It was a good movie, but, as usual, they added parts, they took away parts, they created
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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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Kai Spellmeier
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

I remember, when I was little, I had this round CD case and it contained an audiobook. Now as a child I loved audiobooks, or someone reading stories to me. Still do today, actually. Anyway, the audiobook was titled The Little Prince, and I listened to it quite often. That, however, was at least 10 years ago, possibly more. So I decided that it was time for a reread. (I'm sorry to say that I cannot fin
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Manny
[Original review, Jul 24 2018]

This month, three plotlines in my life collided. I know Swedish and Norwegian well, and I'd thought vaguely from time to time that I'd like to learn Icelandic too; I've always been a great admirer of Tolkien, and I knew he had been interested in Icelandic; and I have a couple of Icelandic friends. But none of this had ever come to anything. Last week, however, Jupiter aligned with Mars and I entered the Age of Aquarius. I'd just finished reading Tolkien: Maker of
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MischaS_
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still waiting for The Little Prince to return. 🌹 ...more
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
2 Stars

I know this is a much loved children's classic that has been published in pretty much every language there is. As such, I'm not pretentious enough to think my thoughts on it matter, so I'll keep this short.

I have challenged myself to read one classic a month this year, and so far, I am failing miserably. MISERABLY, you guys. It's July (almost August, but I'm throwing myself a bone so I feel like less of a loser) and I have only read two. This one and Peter Pan (of which I also completely
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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 k
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MischaS_
EDIT (17/03/2020):
“It is such a mysterious place, the land of tears.”

This, this is the right time to revisit your favourite books! It just feels like meeting an old-time friend.
Just what we all need at the moment! It really made me feel so happy to re-read this book again. I have limited time, and I try to focus on new books. And since we are asked to remain at home as much as possible, I thought this would be a great moment to re-read this book. The Little Prince will always remain my favourit
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Nandakishore Mridula
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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Fabian
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
For a kid's story, this one has rather heavy-handed intentions embedded into quite a sophisticated system of symbols that exists to produce a strong & emotional effect. Like Voltaire in "Micromegas", Antoine de Saint-Exupery plays with sizes & 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 h ...more
emma
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

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this book was just as lovely the second time as it was the first. (and almost as great in english as in french.)

not sure if i can write extensively on this book. it's just so lovely and wonderful, and it really seems like one of those books that reveals another facet with every reading.

lovelovelove this one.

full review: https://emmareadstoomuch.wordp
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Paul Bryant
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, french-lit
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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Rajat Ubhaykar
Dec 20, 2011 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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Anne
May 10, 2007 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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Bhavya
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! I think it’s a must read. :)
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”


Rating- 5 stars




After staring at the screen and thinking over what to write, I realized that I do not consider myself the right person to break this book down the way I usually do in my reviews. But I’ll still try to say something.


This book was beautiful.


“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”



In le
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Ahmed  Ejaz
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-lengths, 2020, 2017
No one is ever satisfied where he is

This book is very intelligently written. Concept is great! I haven't read anything like this before.
This book shows the various types of grown-ups. I liked how these are described. I think this book has exaggerated some facts BUT I enjoyed them all the same.
I really liked the way Little Prince is written. He questions everything he sees or hears. I liked him because his nature is soo much like me. I, also, question everything.

Some of the Facts I Really
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Manny
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to learn to read French
LePetitPrinceLARA

Noticing that I enjoy reading French books, people often ask me how to begin. I usually tell them to pick up a copy of Le petit prince and start reading: after a while, things will fall into place. Having tried it a fair amount myself, I can report that this method works, but there are clear drawbacks. It takes a while, since you're figuring out what words mean by comparing different contexts of occurrence, and most often you've forgotten the last time you saw that word you know you recognise. W
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Dante
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book so quite perfectly profound that I love it. Because this is the end of the line and I quite feel no other children's book will not get to this level, I am going to happily retire this category for good. ...more
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900. He flew for the first time at the age of twelve, at the Ambérieu airfield, and it was then that he became determined to be a pilot. He kept that ambition even after moving to a school in Switzerland and while spending summer vacations at the family's château at Saint-Maurice-de-Rémens, in eastern France. (The house at Saint-Maurice appea ...more

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