A pilot crash lands in the middle of the desert and meets a little traveler who came from a tiny planet. As this “Little Prince” tells of his travels, he shares his child-like (not to be confused with “childish”) wisdom on friendship and how adults misunderstand what are “matters of consequence.” While the Little Prince takes a child’s perspective, one’s responsibility to others is an important theme. Of course, that may just be the theme intended for children. At the same time, the lesson for adults may be to reevaluate what one considers important. (The reader may be familiar with the controversy as to whether this is really a work of children’s literature.)
The book is humorous and light-hearted, but with some serious themes and moments. There are many though-provoking ideas in this classic. Some quotes that struck me as profound are:
“The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen.”
“One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets oneself be tamed.”
“’Then you shall judge yourself,’ the king answered. ‘That is the most difficult thing of all.’”
“For it is possible for a man to be faithful and lazy at the same time.”
It’s a tiny book—less than 100 pages, including the many color drawings that feature throughout the book.
I’d highly recommend this book for anyone who hasn’t read it at least once. (There may be a couple of you out there.)