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The Prince Who Was Just Himself

Illustrated by Heike Sistig

4.1 Stars on Goodreads Read Reviews

A young prince with Down syndrome saves the nation when he disarms the terrible knight Scarface with an act of compassion.

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About The Book

• 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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