Published in 1943 and written by a French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Le Petit Prince has been translated into more than 190 languages, sold more than 80 million times and remains one of the most popular and successful books of all time.
A children's book, illustrated simply with the blending watercolours of reverie, it is a wonderful story, rich in idealism and life lessons. It is based in no small part on the author's real experience of crash landing in the Sahara and surviving 4 days without any water and is clearly a vehicle for some rather profound philosophical statements - certainly by Children's Books standards.
Le Petit Prince takes a journey across 6 different asteroids before landing on Earth and learning some important lessons. On one asteroid, he meets a deluded King, on another a conceited man, an ashamed drunk, a ruthless capitalist, a hard-working lamplighter and a distorted Geographer who maps the world without ever leaving his desk.
Through these 6 characters, the prince gathers much insight which he applies upon hitting Earth. And his insights are the key here - invariably optimistic, inspiring and heart warming.
Besides the success and timelessness of Le Petit Prince, i think it is the morales and overall perspective of the book which make it so well suited to Moleskine and personal stationery.
On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. ("One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.") What a succinct summary of journalling and stationery - truth through feeling, reflection...it's not superficial, one needs go a bit deeper than that.
"It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important." And in an age of increasing passiveness, where abundance is omnipresent and the ends are always more than the means, I just think the perspective and balance that offers is kind of healthy.
If you've kept up with your French you can read Le Petit Prince online and get plenty of other healthy life lessons. If not, these notebooks really do a good job of capturing that sense of reverie and idealism which has endeared this story to over 80 million people.
You also get a cute scene to cut out and keep by your desk - you and your little prince, riding your own little asteroid throughout the day - and a very limited edition notebook. There are four in the series so click through to check out Le Petit Prince!