Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee Illustrated by Heike Sistig - REVIEWED

About the Book:

The royal couple is looking forward to their third child. “He looks a little different,” muses the king at Prince Noah’s arrival. “He is not like the others,” agrees the queen. Soon they notice what a very special person he is, even though he can’t do everything his brothers can.

When the youngest prince disarms the cruel knight Scarface, the nation’s most dreaded enemy, with an act of compassion, everyone finally realizes how good it is that each person is unique.

This delightfully illustrated fairy tale for children three years and older instills appreciation for children with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges, making it a valuable aid for teaching tolerance in the home or classroom.

My Thoughts:
“Does it hurt?”  (p. 18)

The Prince Who Was Just Himself beautifully captures the gift of love and compassion that God has gifted to children with Down Syndrome.  The author, whose third son inspired her to write this story, truly captures the essence of this beautiful difference, and brings awareness to the very audience that will receive this explanation with true understanding and acceptance.  Honestly, this is a beautiful, touching way to explain the differences between children to an audience that is questioning everything!

The setting of a prince in a royal family reaching out and making a difference with the one gift that is uniquely his to share is brilliant!  The illustrations reflect the heart of the story, and the book makes a fabulous addition to any child’s library!  This will serve as a phenomenal teaching tool for educators and parents who want to raise children that will celebrate differences rather than fear them.

I am happy to recommend this book to children and parents alike, because it is a tender story of overcoming conflict with love.  A difference we all should make every day!  

About the Author:

Silke Schnee is a journalist and works as a television producer for a public broadcaster in Cologne, Germany. She is married and has three sons. Her youngest son Noah was born in July 2008 with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). She writes: “At first when Noah was born, we were shocked and sad. The catalyst for this book was witnessing the effect he had on many people, despite being categorized as disabled. In fact, our little prince brings much love, joy, and sunshine not only to us, but to all around him. Children are a wonder, and we must see them with the eyes of our heart: each child just the way he or she is.”

Silke Schnee is the co-founder of a school in Cologne, Germany, that welcomes all children regardless of their abilities and disabilities.

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