Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee [Review & Giveaway]

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: The author is the mother of a Down Syndrome child whose name is Noah. I believe the author's intention is to bring to children a story that will help them to accept those who are different from themselves. 

Told along the lines of a fairy tale, young Prince Noah while still a small child saves the day.

Illustrated in simplistic art form with bold colors, the detail still captures the essence of how Down Syndrome children appear. This is helpful because young children don't always understand why someone looks a bit different from themselves. Also, since the story is about a child that is "different" but who has special qualities, the reader or listening young child can better appreciate others who are in some way different from themselves.

The special quality of Prince Noah was a compassionate and loving nature. This wins the day. This loving nature is a characteristic of Down Syndrome children.
Begins September 1 & ENDS September 20 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. 
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review from Handlebar Publicity Group on behalf of the publisher, Plough Publishing. Opinions are mine alone. No compensation was received for this review. Winner's copy is provided by Plough Publishing and will be shipped directly to the winner.


  1. My 18 year old son is on the Autism spectrum so I through that my daughter has learned compassion and acceptance.

  2. I think the best way to prepare children is to just talk about how people can be different, especially when they encounter people different from themselves.

  3. Simply by talking about differences in all children and let them ask questions.
    Terrific book that I need to get.

    Naila Moon, Hostess, #KLBH

  4. This books look delightful! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  5. I simply tell them that differences are what make us each individuals. For example my son needs braces, he was born with an extra tooth, that difference makes him unique. My daughter is very shy, but so talkative when she gets to know someone. Not wanting to talk doesn't mean she isn't friendly, or funny or smart, she is all of those things but doesn't feel comfortable with people she doesn't know well. People with disabilities are only people, they may look differently, talk differently, or learn differently from others, but they are still people.

  6. I would discuss with them beforehand how to react when they see someone that is different from them.


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