An interesting read, especially for a childrens book. Full of metaphors and symbolism. Very deep and thoughtful.
There were things that didn't work for me. It felt as though i was reading the sorrows of the author himself, and the little princes' character was much less endearing than i'm sure was intended. What a judge-y little child!
Also, I understand that this book was written in an era that was not very liberating for women, however i still couldn't look past the symbolism with the rose and also with her 'ineffective' thorns. Much of what was said to and about the rose(s) made my eye twitch.
Overall, lovely book but i don't think i would ever read it to a child in my care. 3 Stars.