Parents' Guide to

The Little Prince

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gorgeous classic about friendship, love, and life.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 5+

A classic that children can understand better than you think

Though it sometimes meditates on complex topics the fact of the matter is that many of the ideas that this book dwells on are not ideas that are going to be unfamiliar to children. On the contrary, I feel that a child will be more familiar with the concepts presented here than adults who have forgotten what it was like to live in a world of made up rules and bizarre rituals. Overall a wonderful book for all ages.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
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age 9+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (17):

Beloved by generations of readers, this gentle, bittersweet fable can be a hard sell for kids: Poetic language, symbolic scenes, and philosophical discussions make it a better fit for older readers. Nevertheless, curled up with the right adult, kids with the patience can find their introduction to THE LITTLE PRINCE's kindly philosophy one of their most vivid moments of childhood.

You won't go wrong with either the original translation by Katherine Woods or the newer translation by Richard Howard, which features updated language -- both serve Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic story well. Do seek out an edition with Saint-Exupéry's whimsical watercolors, which contribute so much to this book's magical hold over readers. Several editions published in connection with the 2016 animated film feature artwork from the film; the stills are beautiful in their own way but are a departure from Saint-Exupéry's iconic images.

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