The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee – Book Review

The Prince Who Was Just Himself

The Prince Who Was Just Hinself – Book Review

When you think about the types of values and positive messages you want to instill in your children, what comes to mind?

Cultivating kindness?

Teaching your children to embrace those who are different and to look for the gifts that make them special?

Overcoming conflict with compassion and love?

If so, I highly recommend Silke Schrnee’s charming story, The Prince Who Was Just Himself, to you!

Filled with the beautiful illustrations of Hekie Sistig, The Prince Who Was Just Himself tells the story of a royal couple who decide to have their third child.

The Prince Who Was Just Himself - Sample Illustration

Prince Noah is born – but when he is born with Down syndrome (which is never explicitly stated in the story, only hinted at by the illustrations and descriptions) – not everyone in the kingdom is as welcoming as the royal couple would hope.

One day the kingdom comes under attack by a terrible knight named Scarface. All of the king’s warriors ride out to do battle – but, in the end, it is Prince Noah who saves them all by disarming the knight with an unprecedented act of kindness.

The Prince Who Was Just Himself is a heartwarming children’s story that will help children see how special people with Down syndrome and other physical disabilities really are.

I really enjoyed the story and believe that you will too!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The Prince Who Was Just Himself – Book Trailer

About Silke Schnee

Silke Schnee

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). She writes:

At first when Noah was born, we were shocked and sad. The catalyst for this book was witnessing the effect he had on many people, despite being categorized as disabled. In fact, our little prince brings much love, joy, and sunshine not only to us, but to all around him. Children are a wonder, and we must see them with the eyes of our heart: each child just the way he or she is.

Silke Schnee is the co-founder of a school in Cologne, Germany, that welcomes all children regardless of their abilities and disabilities.


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13 Responses to “The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee – Book Review”

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  1. Reshama
    Twitter: Stackingbks

    Sounds like a heartwarming story! thanks for sharing this over at KidLitBlogHop!

  2. Pragmaticmom says:

    What a lovely picture book! I don’t think there are enough books with special needs characters, particularly Downs Syndrome! Thanks for your great review and for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!!!

  3. Charles says:

    Really thank you for reviewing this inspiring book.

    Having worked with people with special needs over many many years I concur that teaching our children to embrace those who look different, and to appreciate their talents rather than that inquisitive and the ‘uncomfortable shying away’ look is fundamental in raising children imbued with love, kindness and understanding.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you Charles for stopping by – this is such a special book – I’m so glad you had the chance to find it!
      I hope you’ll have the chance to pick up a copy and to help spread the word about this wonderful resource!

  4. Alex Baugh
    Twitter: randomlyreading

    This sounds like a great book for helping children learn kindness and acceptance. This is one I will be including in my reading lists from now on (just as soon as I obtain a copy). Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

  5. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
    Twitter: mdbookreviews

    That sounds like such a heartwarming story – thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  6. Sounds like a beautiful book that teaches children values that are important throughout life. I love the darling cover.

  7. Leslie says:

    Amen! I love to teach my children about kindness. We’ve been studying Proverbs 11:17 which says, “A kind man benefits himself, but a man that is cruel harms himself.”

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