• 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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This book is superb! From the story line to the pictures it is just all around terrific. I read this aloud to my 5 children (ages 5-12) and they all loved it. I really appreciated how the author gently identified the differences of the prince and then also showed how those differences were important. Loved it! This book will be read over and over again in our home.
"The Prince Who Was Just Himself" is a great new children's book about a prince, who is a little different from everybody else. It was written by Silke Schnee , illustrated by Heike Sistig, and published by Plough Publishing House this year. The main character shares the same name and was inspired by the author's son, that has Down syndrome. The King and Queen are expecting their third child. When Prince Noah is born, his parents notice he is different from their two older sons. The King, Queen, and Prince's recognize Noah's special qualities and how important it is for their family. Their Kingdom is not as understanding or accepting of Prince Noah until he defeats the terrible knight Scarface with love and caring. This fairy tale, for children, is an important learning aid for children and beautifully illustrates the importance of diversity and acceptance for people with Down syndrome or who may have different challenges. "The Prince Who Was Just Himself" was released released in the US on September 1, 2015, has a 4.27 Stars on Goodreads. A great book to add to any library. Tiffany Huber Down syndrome Editor & International Advocate for Saving Down syndrome Down syndrome Parent Advocate for Our Guide Lewi English Associates in Arts Del Mar College English Bachelor of Arts Texas A & M University- Corpus Christi