Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Prince Who Was Just Himself

I received a complimentary copy of The Prince Who Was Just Himself written by Silke Schnee and illustrated by Heike Sistig today from Plough Publishing. This is a sweet children's book and deals with a sensitive subject, Down's syndrome, in a most delightful way.

The story opens as the King and Queen are expecting a new baby. They already have two sons but when the new one arrives, the find he is quite unusual and different. They aren't quite sure what to think and decide to love him just because he is their son. As the child, Prince Noah, grows, they find he is a very quiet, caring child. They love to watch him out in the sunshine just enjoying nature.

The story continues and the King and Queen discover through one specific event that their child, Prince Noah, has unique abilities to soften people's hearts. The inhabitants of the kingdom realize this child is a blessing and quickly accept him as a vital part of the community.

Down's syndrome is an evident chromosomal defect. Society doesn't readily accept these children and often view them as mentally retarded. The author of this book is the parent of a Down's Syndrome child. She wanted to showcase his sensitive heart in this story.

I enjoyed reading this little book and think it will help soften a difficult subject with children of all ages. It will also help children understand that just because someone is different doesn't mean they are unlovable.

This book is suitable for children of all ages but would be best understood by children aged 7-12.

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