The Prince Who Was Just Himself
I know many families that have a child that has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. These children are often the sweetest, most loving children you could ever meet. Working in a school district that strives to make sure each student knows to respect and be kind to each all members is wonderful. When I was enrolled in school the story was quite different. People were often heartless and down right cruel to anyone that is the slightest bit “different”. I am speaking of children and adult actions alike. This brings me to today’s book, “The Prince Who Was Just Himself” written by Silke Schnee.
“The Prince Who Was Just Himself”is a beautiful tale of a family in which the youngest son has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Through the storyline of the book the author shows the many amazing differences in a child with Down Syndrome. Like how these amazing children do not hurry along in life. They take the time to enjoy the simple beauty of a flower or a butterfly. Children that have been diagnosed with Down Syndrome are loving and kind. These precious kids don’t worry about problems like most people do. It does not matter that they are slower at doing some things. These wonderful children are just themselves. Please watch the video to learn about “The Prince Who was Just Himself”
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• Bronze Medal Winner, 2016 IPPY Book of the Year Award in Children’s Picture Books, Independent Publishers
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. You will also enjoy the sequel, Prince Noah and the School Pirates.
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).
About the illustrator: Heike Sistig studied art and special education, and is also a trained art therapist. She works as an editor for children’s television programs. Ms. Sistig has illustrated several children’s books, and has independently exhibited her work as a freelance artist. She lives with her family in Cologne, Germany.
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