I've Grown up reading this story. It runs in our family and I buy copies for friends as presents. It looks like a fairy tale with it's very simple picture book style but in fact it is a story and poetic prose of the deep philosophy. While not heavy handed so it remains fresh and the prince loveable. I think it should be in every library. I myself often refer bact to it to remind myself not to take myself too seriously but to take responciablty and to look at things from all angles.