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as he grew up, he unfortunately started to behave more like them, and he forgot what it was like to view the world with the wonder of a child. Unlike the grown-ups, who were more interested in how much things cost and how much someone earned, the pilot knew (but had forgotten) that there were more important things to focus on, such as someone’s favorite color or favorite game. It was only after spending time with the little prince that the pilot remembered what is important in life. In the story, the little prince is unsatisfied with his life, so he decides to leave his planet to visit others. He meets various characters, like the pilot, and encounters different situations along the way. His journey helps him realize that what he had all along was very special and that he shouldn’t have left it. On one planet, he meets a fox. The fox tells the little prince that if he tames him, he won’t be like all the other foxes and that the little prince won’t be like all the other little boys. Taming represents the way someone who you once had no connection with becomes very special to you. Little details begin to remind you of them, and they hold a special place in your heart. You become responsible for them. The fox actually provided the most important advice to the little prince when he said, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What’s essential is invisible to the eye.” I have to confess that after discovering “The Little Prince,” I began to use it as a kind of test. When I would meet someone, especially someone I might start dating, I’d give them a copy of the book to read. Their reaction served as a gauge for me — I could tell a lot about them based on whether or not they understood the deeper meanings within the seemingly simple story. If they thought the book was silly, I knew it probably wasn’t going to work out. “The Little Prince” reminds you to really think about what’s most important in life. It’s a good lesson in how we can lose the sense of wonder that we had as children. But that wonder is still there — we just have to tap into it. In the Pages of a Book

I’ve always loved to read, though I struggle to find time for it these days. My favorite book is one that I first read in school, as I’m sure many of you did, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince.” It’s one of those books you can read over and over again. Most likely if I read it now, I’d remember a lot of it, but I’m sure there are details I’ve forgotten. With the best books, you discover something new each time you read them.

If you see “The Little Prince” in a bookstore, it appears to be a children’s book, but it isn’t, really.

It’s child-like story actually has many life lessons, some of which I’ve only understood as I’ve gotten older.

In the beginning of the book, the little prince ventures from his tiny home planet. He encounters a stranded pilot, and the story is told through the pilot’s point of view. As a child, the pilot saw the world very much like the little prince, but the grown-ups couldn’t relate to him. So,

–Wendy Bornstein

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