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The Little Prince: is not a glimpse into the world of autism
  1. Ernesto Burgio1,
  2. Irene Leo2,
  3. Daniela Lucangeli2
  1. 1 European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Bruxelles, Belgium
  2. 2 Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ernesto Burgio, ECERI-European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Bruxelles 1000, Belgium; erburg{at}

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Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.1

The Little Prince is one of the most famous children’s novels in which the basic message is that the ‘adult world’, represented by a series of arrogant, caricatural characters, is characterised by hypocrisy and a failure to understand the profound meaning of life: friendship and Love, conceived as dedication to another creature. The Little Prince is a Child-Poet capable of true Love, dedicated to the care of his enchanted asteroid and in particular of his beloved Rose. He is annoyed by the boastful vacuity of adults while entranced by the beauty of the sunsets. This Celestial Child …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally to the paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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