SUMMARY: Prince Noah may be a little slower than others, but he has no less joy in living and learning.
It's time for young Prince Noah to go to school. In his kingdom, children go to school on sailing ships. There is a ship for girls and one for boys, one for children with an eye patch and one for children with one leg, and one for children who don't learn as fast. 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.
This delightful fairy tale instills appreciation for children with developmental challenges.
REVIEW: This is a sweet children's book. No one is alike; we all are different. Some of those differences are just more noticeable than others. In this book, Prince Noah shows the other kids that everyone has a place and to use what we know to benefits those around us. By working together, all of the children make a difference and change the perceptions of "this is how it's always been done" to "let's start something new." This book is geared towards children but I think even adults can take away something positive and uplifting.
This book was provided by Handlebar and Plough Publishing House
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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 with Trisomy 21 (Downs syndrome).
Heike Sistig studies special education and art and is a trained art therapist. She works as an editor for children's television programming. She has illustrated several children's books, and has exhibited her collages in several art galleries. She lives with her family in Cologne, Germany.