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.