Author: Silke Schnee
Illustrator: Heike Sistig
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
Published: August 1, 2016
genre: Children's Book
format available: hardcover
I didn't find any social media for this author (must be too busy with her school!) Bio at the publisher's site: here
The prince, who starred in the book The Prince Who Was Just Himself, may be a little slower than other students, but he has no less joy in learning. In his kingdom, children go to school on sailing ships. There is a ship for girls and one for boys. There is a ship for children with an eye patch, a ship for children with one leg, and a ship for children who are slower learners. 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. Through their adventures, they learn that diversity makes us strong and that every person has something to teach us.
I liked that it was recognized "Someone who can do so much belongs in school!" I was disappointed that each group was separate, because it had "always been done that way".
"The girls spent their days painting, embroidering, weaving, and knitting." Too bad for the girl who wants to learn Math, because "Math has never been taught to girls".
It didn't really get any better for the boys or the other groups. At least Prince Noah was having fun.
Then along comes the pirates! One of the students said the storm was coming but the adults couldn't see any clouds so they ignored him.
I love that the kids all work together to get free of the pirates, find their teachers, and get home. I really love that the adults learned that just because it has always been done that way doesn't mean there might not be another way.
This book has the same great illustrations as the first and a worthy addition to any school or public library. Or just a home library where they're not afraid of someone who is different.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of amazon.com and the publisher. It is being reviewed as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.
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