What is moral of chapter 4 of The Little Prince?

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The moral of chapter four of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is to maintain your childlike wonder when looking at things of the world. The author describes how the Turkish astronomer explains the discovery of the asteroid where the Little Prince came from. The adults did not believe him because of the way he was dressed and how he presented himself. In the rest of the chapter, the author details how differently adults look at things. A child makes a new friend without determining what his father does or other things that adults feel are essential. A child sees the world as a beautiful place without reservation while adults quantify and qualify things based on accepted norms. Children understand the world in a different way than adults do. The author admonishes children to show respect for adults but says,

But certainly, for us who understand life, figures are a matter of indifference. I should have liked to begin this story in the fashion of the fairy-tales. I should have like to say: "Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely any bigger than himself, and who had need of a sheep . . ."

To those who understand life, that would have given a much greater air of truth to my story.