Prince Noah And The School Pirates – Book Review
One of the most important lessons that we can learn in life and pass on to our children is how to appreciate the differences of those around us. Just as we want our children to know that they are loved and valued for who they are, we want them to love and appreciate others for their unique qualities as well.
That’s the beauty of Prince Noah And The School Pirates – the sequel to Silke Schnee first book, the wonderful story The Prince Who Was Just Himself. This book – which I loved even more than the first one – shows how each of us have something valuable to contribute to society, and how our most unusual quirks are often our most treasured gifts!
In the endearing story of Prince Noah And The School Pirates, it’s time for Prince Noah – a prince with special needs who sees the world differently than others around him – to go to school. Prince Noah is very excited about the prospect of learning new things – but the unusual educational system in the kingdom in which Prince Noah lives is not quite prepared to deal with the individual needs of all of its students.
In this kingdom, children are educated on majestic sailing ships, and the ships are boarded based on their external appearances. There are ships for girls – ships for boys – ships for children with eye patches – ships for children with one legs – and ships for children who didn’t quite learn as quickly as the other children.
Even though the teachers approach the children on their ships based on a certain set of expectations that they have learned from their past experiences, the children are often more creative than they are given credit for. When a crisis arise and all of the children from the different boats are kidnapped by a band of pirates, they must all collaborate and learn how to use their unique set of skills to save themselves and save the day!
Prince Noah And The School Pirates is an incredibly inspirational and empowering book to share with a child – especially a child who feels marginalized or bullied because they do not fit in with a preconceived set of expectations or who stands out because they are different than the children around them in some way.
I highly recommend this book to you!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Prince Noah And The School Pirates – Video Book Trailer
About 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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