“The Emperor’s New Throne”

 

Have you ever noticed how children stop to stare at people with disabilities then turn to their parents for answers?  Did you then witness the children wondering what was wrong with the person in question?  Were the parents able to answer without labels or judgments?  Have  you looked out of the corner of your eye, so as not to stare, at a  disabled person and wondered what happened or how his life has been  affected?

“The Emperor’s New Throne” subtly addresses these questions without condescending, preaching or teaching at children.  Rather,  the story gently reinforces to children that, whether disabled or not,  we all have worth and value no matter what we are presented with in  terms of challenges. 

Those  reading and being read to will find lovable characters to connect with  through verse and bold, colorful illustrations that support the theme of  acceptance. “The Whole Story Children’s Book Series” introduces three  different physically challenged characters.  

The  first book, “The Emperor’s New Throne,” sets the stage for the series,  introducing a dearly loved emperor who loses his legs when a tree falls  on him.  Parents and educators will also absorb the same message as they read the book alongside their children time and again.

The  story touches on some of the changes and feelings that occur within the  Emperor and the subjects among his kingdom community. In the end, he  realizes he is the same person he was before.

“The  Emperor’s New Throne” has a moral to the story without preaching it  verbally – “I am worthy and loved” - a message that should continually  be reinforced within our homes, schools and libraries.