By Suhaani Haque, Grade 10
The little prince, French Le Petit Prince, a fable written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a modern classic. The simple tale tells a story of a young boy, the little prince, who explores the universe and in turn gains wisdom. The novel has been translated into hundreds of languages, making it one of the best-selling books in publishing history. The Little Prince draws unflattering portraits of grown-ups as being narrow-minded, in contrast to young kids, who come with open-mindedness and willingness to explore the world around them and within themselves. The main theme of the fable is expressed in the secret that the fox tells the little prince: “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.” This can be seen as giving back to the community because the main theme of The Little Prince is the importance of looking beneath the surface to find the real truth and meaning of a thing. It teaches us how we can find real meanings, and truly help people. We all have a child within us, and this book simply asks us to listen to the child sometimes, as it may help us, in helping others.