I have read it to my 5 year old cousins, who could connect with the Little Prince and his confusion with adult life. *This book is a Christmas gift to every young family member of mine when they turn 5. Every few years, I pick it up for another read and understand it in a new way.
It’s a true classic in every sense of the word—meant to be understood by every man who has lived a full life and every child who has yet to experience the world.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry led a fascinating life. He was a famous aviator in France before becoming a pilot in World War II, traveled the world flying, setting new records, exploring new places, and using his experiences to fuel his passion for writing.
In 1935, he was attempting to break a speed record while flying from Paris to Saigon, his plane crashed in the Sahara desert. He survived the crash and navigated his way through the desert with little food and water. Just as he thought he was going to die, a Bedouin traveler on a camel found him and brought him to shelter.
That experience is the basis of The Little Prince.
He wrote the book in the last year of his life and all of his knowledge, wisdom and insight is translated into something so simple that a child can understand it.
This is one of the greatest works of the 20th century and if you want your eyes opened a lot wider, read it.
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