I love it when I get a chance to read a book that has been on my 'to-read' list for a while. When I end up finishing the book, I usually end up thinking 'why didn't I read this sooner?'. This is one of those books. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is classified as a children's book, but I think that people of all ages can take away from this story.
The little prince is a beautiful story, one I would love to share with my kids, and one that I would love to re-read myself. I am interested in reading the French version of the story, to be treated to the beautiful prose in it's original form.
It is a great story, because you can take from it whatever you like. It can either be a whimsical tale of a prince who flew to Earth then returned to his home to be with his flower. Or it can be a story so wrought with meaning and emotions that it takes many readings to wrap you head around it. I love a story like this, because each time you read it, you gain a new perspective on something.
As a parent reading this story, it puts the innocence and imagination of my children into the spotlight of my mind so that I can make sure I appreciate it more, and stop being so concerned with other matters of consequence.
Everyone should read this book.