The Prince Who Was Just Himself tells a delightful story of a child born with Down Syndrome. He is the third son of the King and Queen, who have noticed something different about him, but what they discover is the love and acceptance their son shares with those around him. When the knight Scarface threatens the land, it is through Prince Noah’s act of kindness that saves the kingdom from attack.
What a great story Silke Schnee has created. It is a simple tale of love, kindness, and acceptance of those who are different, be it Down Syndrome or a scar. The story shares how an act of understanding can crumble the walls of hatred or ignorance and it is through the art of communication we learn about others circumstances – some things are not as scary as they seem once we take the time to understand it; such as Down Syndrome. It is important to learn from others, not to taunt or ignore them.
The artist, Heike Sistig, illustrated the tale in lively colors that draw the eye to the artwork. The scenes are engaging and will attract the attention of the little one(s) listening to the story. The pictures will also allow the reader to interact with the child by pointing out certain aspects of the story such as the butterfly, the scar, Prince Noah’s eyes, and by pointing out the act of kindness shown by Prince Noah or the meanness shown by the crowd gathered for his christening. This will help the child understand the meaning of the story on a more personal level.
Overall, this book is a great treasure. I think all mothers, fathers, and grandparents should have a copy of this book to share with their children. Living in a time where others are self-conscious about their looks or talent, this story will let you share the unique “difference” each of us possess. Everyone is special in their own way!
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