THE LITTLE PRINCE written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is the story narrated by a pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert and his encounter with a wise-beyond-his-years visitor from another planet who shares his observations and experiences while traveling to various planets and finally on Earth where he first befriends a fox, who teaches him that it's love that makes a person responsible for the beings that one loves. Highlighting the differences between the perspectives of children and grown-ups, the narrator stresses throughout the story is the importance of self-exploration. There is much to be learned from a child and this author who never forgot his own childhood. It is a thought provoking tale that brings the reader to an understanding of dangers of narrow-mindedness and importance of relationships. The things in life, visible only to the heart, are the most important.
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“‘Why are you drinking?’ the little prince asked.
‘In order to forget,’ replied the drunkard.
‘To forget what?’ enquired the little prince, who was already feeling sorry for him.
‘To forget that I am ashamed,’ the drunkard confessed, hanging his head.
‘Ashamed of what?’ asked the little prince who wanted to help him.
‘Ashamed of drinking!’ concluded the drunkard, withdrawing into total silence.
And the little prince went away, puzzled.
‘Grown-ups really are very, very odd,’ he said to himself as he continued his journey.”