What is the moral lesson conveyed in The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery?

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The moral lesson of the book is that love is all important.

The Little Prince sadly leaves his asteroid when the rose he loves becomes too difficult for him to deal with. He fears she is not quite honest with him. She tells him, however, that she loves him.

Although the Little Prince has adventures exploring the galaxy, he is still thinking about his rose when he meets the pilot. He tells the pilot that loving the rose makes him happy and that worrying about the rose being eaten by the sheep makes him sad. He is upset that the pilot doesn't seem to take this love and grief seriously.

Later, the Little Prince sees a garden full of roses just like his rose. He is deeply saddened that his rose,...

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Another important lesson gleaned is that we must retain our child-like creativity and interest in things outside of the material and monetary. The narrator recalls a childhood memory in which he drew a snake eating an elephant, but adults could not think outside of the box and could only see a hat.