"The Prince Who Was Just Himself" is a delightful children's book that subtly shares the beauty of people with Down's Syndrome. The story is written with a fairy-tale setting. There is a King and a Queen and they have 2 princes and then a new one arrives.
When the new prince arrives they observe that he seems a little different. As life goes on they discover that not only does he look a little different but he acts a little different as well. Some people in the kingdom laughed at him and said "He is not one of us!" but the royal family learned to appreciate the ways that he was different from his brothers.
Then one day comes when the kingdom was under attack and the princes ride out to save the day. And because of his differences the youngest prince was the one who was able to stop the attack and save the day.
This is a sweet story and one that children will enjoy. It also teaches the lesson of the value that each person has. Having known quite a few people that have Down's Syndrome I can attest to the fact that they add a different sort of beauty to our world. The world is a better place because of them!
The author of the book is Silke Schnee, the mother of 3 boys - the youngest one having Down's Syndrome. The Illustrator is Heike Sistig. You can find this book available on Amazon.
Disclaimer: I received this book free for purposes of reviewing but all opinions expressed are my own.