The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a book that is very special to a lot of people. We read it together many times, learning the same lessons as the Little Prince on his magical journey. I was excited to read The Return of the Young Prince by A.G. Roemmers. The foreword, written by Bruno d'Agay, a member of the Saint-Exupéry family, praises both the author and the book highly, which was important to us, it's never nice to read a sort of sequel with which an original author disagrees!
The book tells the story of a man who, while driving through the desolate landscape of Patagonia, comes across a young man sleeping by the side of the road. He immediately notices something special, almost princely, about this stranger. Knowing he could not leave this traveller stranded in the middle of nowhere, he scoops him up and carries him to his car.
During their journey, their conversation shines a unique light on everyday situations. The driver explains our world to the Young Prince as best as he can, the Young Prince's questions helping him challenge his own views and ideas.
The people the Young Prince encounters on this journey are a lovely way to show us all about human nature, the way we often jump to conclusions and sometimes expect the worst from people.
I know you must be wondering how this book compares to The Little Prince, and I'm so happy to say that we thought that the gentle, inquisitive, and kind nature of the Little Prince was captured beautifully by A.G. Roemmers' writing. An experience changed the Young Prince's view of the world, but it has not changed his kind soul, or the way he sees the good in every person.
The Return of the Young Prince is a book aimed at older children and grown-ups, it is a great book for young people who are just finding their space in the world, who might be re-evaluating their values and questioning the way they interact with the people around them. It is a book that highlights the importance of forgiveness, of friendship, love, and compassion.
As you know, we like doing crafts to remind us of the books we love, so we wanted to make a special Young Prince lantern. You can make your own, it's easy and fun, and it glows in the dark, too!
To make your own you will need:
An empty glass jar
Glow in the dark paint
Light blue tissue paper
A mixture of 2 parts PVA glue and 1 part water
Start by using PVA glue to attach your tissue paper to the jar. We only did one layer, as we wanted the light from the LED candle to shine through easily.
Let the layer of tissue paper dry. When it is dry, cover your lantern in glitter glue! Let it dry completely again.
Cut out a planet from purple felt. It doesn't have to be an exact circle, I think it's kind of cute that it is a bit wonky! We added details with a felt-tip pen, but you don't have to.
Glue your planet to the jar with some of the glue mixture, then add tiny stars with your yellow paint. Let the whole lovely thing dry completely!
Add glow-in-the-dark paint to your stars!
When all the paint is dry, tie the red ribbon around the jar like a scarf. Use an LED candle to light up your jar, it will sparkle beautifully!
We really enjoyed reading The Return of the Young Prince together. It was very special to see the Little Prince as an older child, and learning new wisdom from him has felt very much like catching up with an old friend. The Return of the Young Prince is a beautiful tribute to a book that means a lot to many people, including us, and I am so glad we read it.