Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet, Asteroid B-612, who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
The premise and the story are simple, and yet Saint-Exupéry creates a tale that is full of poignancy and hope. In its glorification of childlike innocence, The Little Prince is also an indictment of the spiritual decay Saint-Exupéry perceived in humanity. Full of parables about childhood, mortality, friendship, love, hope and the magic in our lives that we are at risk of losing as we grow older, the tale attempts to revive a sense of spirituality in the world.