The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince

Everybody's Good at Something

Children - Grade K-3rd
54 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2021
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Author Biography

Prince A. Sanders is currently the Managing Director at Park Lane New York, a hotel in New York City. A former ballet dancer who entered the hospitality industry after an unexpected injury, Prince is known for his charisma and love of people. His communication skills, however, extend beyond his workplace. He loves sharing his story, which inspired him to write The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince. Prince wanted to create something that would spread love and joy for years to come. He hopes that children can learn valuable lessons from his book, and that they will be encouraged to spread joy wherever they may go.

Prince A. Sanders uses much of his childhood and family as his inspiration for The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince. He is significantly impacted by members of his family, such as his mother, and wanted to honor them by including their likenesses in his story.

The character of Prince also shares many of the author’s character traits. He is curious, determined, and he views both the ordinary and the extraordinary in life as an adventure. Both characters share a great love for the city they call home and a deep devotion to their families.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody's Good at Something by Prince A Sanders is an inspirational picture book for children. The story follows a young boy named Prince who tries and tries to be as good as his big brother Andrew when it comes to playing sports. Unfortunately for Prince, he isn't very good, and the children at school make fun of him. One day, Prince's mother announces that they will be going to see a ballet show and that they all must wear their best clothing! At the show, Prince is immediately intrigued by the dancers and decides that he wants to be a dancer too. At his first class, Prince discovers that he is actually good at dancing and picks up the hard moves quickly. His mother and brother are happy that Prince has found something he is good at but his father and the children at school don't share the same reaction. Prince is once again bullied by the children. Prince's teacher, Miss Adriana, announces that the class will be performing at the local shopping mall, which leaves Prince feeling anxious. But with the helpful advice from his mother and support from his best friend, Popcorn the hamster, Prince takes to the stage feeling better. Will Prince push through his nerves and put on a good show?

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince was a joy to read. I love books that are designed to inspire and promote confidence within children because I believe it proves to be extremely beneficial for them. This book has everything needed to show your child how to beat the bullies through believing in yourself and standing up for what makes you who you are. The illustrations are adorable, cute and colorful, and will certainly attract the attention of young readers. Children will be entertained when reading this book and will pick up on the lessons the author is trying to teach. The dialogue is simple and effective, which will allow children to read along and understand more easily. I enjoyed reading this beautiful book and hope to see more of Prince A Sanders's amazing work in the future. I'm secretly hoping there will be a second book where we see what happens to Prince next.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Prince isn’t very good at sports. His older brother is, though, and everyone at school thinks Prince should be just like his brother. But Prince doesn’t want to play sports. In fact, he’s not sure what he really wants to do or what he might be good at doing. Prince’s family enjoys all kinds of activities together: sports, of course, but also attending arts events. When his family attends a ballet production, Prince instantly knows he wants to learn to dance – ballet. Once he starts, though, he’s confronted by bullies at school who make fun of Prince and his passion for dancing. Mom to the rescue: “Trust in yourself, and never let what anyone says stop you from doing the things that you love.”

Prince A. Sanders’s picture book story, The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody’s Good at Something, is an engaging and educational story about finding one’s place in the world, finding that something that we’re uniquely good at doing. The plot follows Prince as he learns what interests him and then starts to follow his dream, in spite of the bullies at school. His mother is a powerful influence and encourages him to keep following his dream and gives him advice on how to stand up to the bullies. Prince learns valuable lessons in his efforts to follow his dream, but what he really learns, which we all need to learn, is that “all he needed was the confidence to find and do what he loved.” This is Prince’s story, his journey into the world of dance, and doing what he believes in with passion. Beautifully told and illustrated.

Asher Syed

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince: Everybody's Good at Something by Prince A Sanders is a children's picture book that tells the story of Prince, a young boy who chooses to do and be what he loves. The book begins with Prince and his family being introduced, and providing Prince's point of view on his preferences for dressing nicely over wearing sweats, and spending time with his pet hamster, Popcorn. Prince's brother is sporty and Prince is too, but not in the way people think he should be. A night at the ballet has a lasting impression on Prince and as he starts taking dance classes, it becomes clear that he is a special dancer. This does not go down well with the kids at school where he is being bullied and has to learn what to do about it...something no child should have to do.

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Prince A Sanders writes a heart-warming story about the harm the social constructs of gender and who “should and should not do what” have on children who flourish in areas erroneously considered outside these lines. For me, this story is personal as I know how this feels, and it was wonderful to be able to read this with my children and then talk to them about it. In a day and age where we read about young children harming themselves as a result of bullying, this book is as timely as it is important. The standout line to me is when Prince's mother asks him if the things the bullies said at school hurt him, and he answered with a very precise, very thoughtful, “No.” Because Prince is doing what is good for Prince, not what the boys or anyone else thinks he should be doing. When all is said and done, and after some awesome practice in bully-repellent with Popcorn, Prince is able to share his athleticism in dance with all and is rewarded with it in kind...and in kindness. Very highly recommended.

Jamie Michele

When a little boy named Prince is able to put his heart and body into something he loves, ordinary life truly does become extraordinary in the children's book The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince by Prince A Sanders. Prince is a well-balanced elementary school student with a kind heart and a loving family. He has an eye for adventure and an interest in alternative academics with the ability to see what he enjoys in almost everything. Prince's older brother is a prolific athlete and Prince likes to watch and play these sports as well, but when his family goes to a ballet and Prince falls in love with the performance, his journey to fulfilling a new dream of being a danseur is set in motion.

Prince A Sanders captures the heart of a child with a desire for a life outside the traditional, rigidly narrow-minded social construct of masculinity in The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince. It was the title that drew me in initially, a cheeky nod to a passion that should be viewed as perfectly normal, but for reasons that are incomprehensible to parents of artistic children like myself, somehow turns our children into spectacular spectacles. Our little tribe includes a male figure skater who has been consistently applauded for his courage despite the fact that simply doing what someone loves should not require any. Prince is subjected to bullying and even his father initially questions the choice, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and Prince just wants to dance. I loved the illustrations and the story, and the innocence of Prince who does not like being bullied but is also unaffected by the words of the bullies. This sets the book apart from others with similar messages. Prince and his performance were a hit in our home.

Jennifer Ibiam

In New Rochelle, Prince lived with his parents, brother, teddy bear, and hamster. Prince was seven years old and attended Daniel Webster Elementary school. He lived in the shadow of his brother, Andrew, the star. Andrew excelled at sports, which his family enjoyed. It was unfortunate that Prince couldn’t master any sporting activity, no matter how hard he tried. Boys called him useless at school for his inability to perform in any sport and even compared him to his brother. Prince found his interest and became spectacular at ballet. Yet the bullying, mockery, and teasing got worse because he engaged in a “girl activity.” Would he give up or forge ahead? Find out in The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince by Prince A. Sanders.

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince by Prince A. Sanders is a must-read storybook for children between one and ten years old. It is educative, concise, and will help build the confidence of kids and adults who think they are good for nothing. This book also addresses the proper way to react to bullying while maintaining dignity. I loved the graphics because they mirror children from different races who will feel seen. The colors were also attractive enough to captivate even kids with a short attention span. This book teaches that we all have unique, individual strengths. We must never try to fit in but stand out because comparison is the killer of joy. Also, there shouldn’t be gender bias in interest areas, but passion and ability. Great job, Prince.