For June, our lovely Bhoomie book of the month is The Little Prince. It’s a magical tale of a small, golden-haired prince who lives on an asteroid surrounded by three volcanoes and one beautiful rose. He loves the rose dearly, but decides to travel on to new asteroids where he meets plenty of colourful characters. One character, a Geographer, asks him to describe the asteroid where he lived so that he can record all the features of it, but when the prince describes his rose, the scientist retorts that the rose is not an important element. The prince is very hurt by this, because to him the rose is greatly important and so the geographer suggests that he travel to Earth next.
Clever Old Fox
In the Sahara desert, the prince finally sees a large row of rose bushes and starts to feel like he isn’t special at all. What he thought was unique about him and his home ends up to be everywhere – but then he meets a fox that tells him the following secret:
“It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes… It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important… People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said, “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose…”
– The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Your Heart Goggles
We all have a rose, something that’s important to us, but may seem insignificant to others. Just because they find it difficult to see its value though, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Value is “invisible to the eyes” – you can only see it with your heart. So to appreciate the true value of things that surround us, we sometimes have to put on our heart goggles so we can tend to the things we are responsible for.
The Little Prince is a story that opens your heart so goggles can swoop in, bringing page after page of playful enlightenment. After all, you will never be able to appreciate the true meaning of something unless you search for it yourself, so make sure you read about the prince’s adventures as soon as you can (or again if you’ve read it already)!
Meet you in the Library Of Hearts!