”Please, draw me a sheep”. All the little French boys and girls know this notorious sentence. “The Little Prince”, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a French literature classic. Every parent has read the book at least once to his or her children. Why? Because, it’s poetic, philosophical, it has a strong moral, and it’s universal.
The author wrote it as a children’s book. The tale evokes the meeting between a lovely little prince and the narrator. Two separated worlds are illustrated: the ingenuous child’s world and the adult world. Throughout his travels, the golden hair boy discovers adulthood and its seriousness, which implies authority, money and justice. Published in 1943, the book subtly reveals its author’s worries about the Second World War. Through many hidden symbols using simple words, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry criticizes some dark sides of society such as individualism. To fight against solitude, a beautiful friendship thrives between the young boy and the narrator. At some point in the book they finally “domesticate” each other. You will definitely be charmed by the little prince’s candor and innocence. He will probably remind you of yourself as a child or of your own children’s interrogations. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “All adults were children first.” What makes this book so special is the fact that it’s so simple to read to children or have them read it. The allegories, images and moral found in this perfect tale will allow the charming young prince to be imprinted in your children’s memory. This book is definitely a Parisian Flair pick.
Article written by Manon Lemoine, Flair contributor
“Draw me a sheep”
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