The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A few years ago, my mother went to France for a vacation. She brought back presents for my girls. Among other trinkets, she gave them bowls with a picture of The Little Prince and the quote “Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le Coeur.” This translates to “But the eyes are blind. You must look with your heart.”

The girls love their bowls, and about a month ago, my oldest girl came out of Kumon with a copy of The Little Prince and was very excited that she had found the book about the boy on the bowl. This reminded me that The Little Prince had been an Audible Daily Deal that I had purchased, and I asked the girls if they wanted to listen to The Little Prince. Everyone said they did, so we listened to The Little Prince as we drove back and forth from our activities.

The Little Prince is an amazing and insightful story written over 70 years ago by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. While the original French is the best version, it is an enchanting tale in any language. I found the Audible edition, read by Humphrey Bower to be quite enjoyable. He captures the innocence of the prince and the skepticism of the adult pilot.

The plot can be a little hard to explain. A pilot crashes into the desert, and meets the little prince, who tells the pilot of his life on another planet, his travels through space, and his eventual arrival on this planet. The pacing can be a little slow at times, but that’s the whole point; it’s important to focus on the important things rather than rushing through life.

I would definitely recommend The Little Prince. It’s a relatively quick read, and the Audible edition clocks in at just under two hours. My girls enjoyed The Little Prince. Their favorite part involved the fox who wanted nothing more in life than to be tamed, and they also liked that the prince raked out his extinct volcano because one can never be too careful. I read The Little Prince twice in high school: once in French class and once in a religion class. One of my college admissions essays even involved the fox from the book. But despite my familiarity, my most enjoyable experience with the book was sharing it with my three girls. There is a new Little Prince movie coming out later this year that combines modern elements with the classic story, and we will have to see how it compares with the original.

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