In this sequel to The Prince Who Was Just Himself, Prince Noah goes to school – on a sailing ship! Through their adventures on the high seas, Prince Noah and the other children learn that everyone has something to contribute.
It’s time for young Prince Noah to go to school. The prince, who starred in the book The Prince Who Was Just Himself, may be a little slower than other students, but he has no less joy in learning. In his kingdom, children go to school on sailing ships. There is a ship for girls and one for boys. There is a ship for children with an eye patch, a ship for children with one leg, and a ship for children who are slower learners. No one knows why there are so many different ships, but it has always been that way.
Then a terrible storm drives the ships into the hands of pirates. The boys and girls realize that they will only escape if everyone does what he or she does best. Through their adventures, they learn that diversity makes us strong and that every person has something to teach us.
This delightfully illustrated fairy tale instills appreciation for children with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges, making it a valuable aid for teaching tolerance in the home or classroom.
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.
Learn how dancing, learning and laughing together brings strength and unity through diversity. I love this very inspirational story for children and parents from this brilliant author. I plan to give the book as a gift to my grandson Noah (whose name is like the main character in the book) because he has a special needs big brother whom he loves dearly. Together they enjoy learning and exploring the pirate life of adventure! Young readers will be reminded of the power of kindness and working together as a team. Great book!
This is a very fun book for children who have the attention span to sit and listen. There are a lot of words to this story and it reads like a storytelling session with Grandpa or Mom at bedtime. It will open up lots of questions like "why don't girls learn math" and "why is there a ship for boys and a different one for kids with one leg". Its a good opportunity for you to discuss how children and sometimes grown ups are treated differently from others and yet each person is able to participate and help with a problem in different ways. If you have a 4 year old that will sit for a fairly long story book this will be a great book to encourage thinking about situations and how we can help each other with tasks.
The author has teamed up again with illustrator Heike Sistig to give us another book that highlights the wonder of children who are “just themselves.” Having a child with Coffin-Lowry Syndrome, I find Schnee’s treatment of her own son with Down Syndrome delightful. Especially endearing is her description of her own Prince Noah as “blessed with an extra chromosome.” Families with special needs children should get a copy of this book. And every school library should invest in a copy of this delightful tale—even if they are in a building and not on a sailing ship.
This is a precious book, set in a faraway land where children go to school on large sailing vessels instead of schoolhouses. Well, it isn't long into the school day before pirates climb aboard and the children are afraid of what will become of them. Perfect for a bedtime story: full of action and intrigue.
A lovely story. The children begin in separate settings and end up working, learning, and playing together. I especially liked how all of the children had strengths and talents to share with the others. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a story with a great message for their children.