Sarah's Stars

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince
A Harvest Book  $9.00  ISBN 0-15-601219-7  83 pg.
Reviewed by Emma, Age 15

In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey!

If you were a pilot, and you were to crash your plane in the middle of the

Sahara Desert, the last thing you would expect to find, upon awakening, would be a little prince, a boy really, about six years old, with angelic hair and unusual clothing. “Please,” he says, “Draw me a sheep!”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is the French author of the classic Little Prince (translated by Richard Howard). He spent most of his life as a pilot, and did at one time crash in the middle of a desert. He wrote and illustrated this short novel less than one year before his 1944 death. Saint-Exupéry’s other works include Southern Mail, Letter to a Hostage, and The Airman’s Odyssey. I recommend The Little Prince to all ages; interpret it, as you will.

This is a very unique novel. Written in the style of a picture book, and with the nonsensicality of a myth, this brief window into the existence of the little prince teaches us about choices, and what is really important. When you finish, you realize that you’ve no idea if the narrator is a man or a woman, let alone of their name. And you think about what you’ve just read, and wonder if you’ve solved something or just puzzled yourself.

Four stars go to the little prince who knew all about them, and was one himself.


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