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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Beautiful art distinguishes Indian-style princess tale.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

What were they thinking?

Why anyone has given this book a positive review is beyond me. There is no message of value here, only the mention of the word love once or twice. Parents allow strangers access to their child to get her to talk? They leave a vicious beast, admitted man eater to spend a night and terrorize her, then he eats the aunt, apparently the only sane member of the household and the girl goes to live in the jungle with the tiger. And some people gave this good reviews. No wonder the world is a mess.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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There's striking art and beautiful language in this tale about a princess in a lush South Asian setting. Some of the language in Cinnamon soars. The tiger is "huge and fierce, a nightmare in black and orange, and he moved like a god through the world, which is how tigers move." Some questions remain. Cinnamon's blind, but it's the fact that she doesn't talk that drives the story. It's a bit unclear what motivates Cinnamon, both not to talk and then to change her mind. But the story is progressive in that it doesn't seek a suitor for the princess, and education and experience, not marriage, are her prize.

Divya Srinivasan’s gorgeous art lends the book a rich texture. Her fabrics and clothing are sumptuous, her tiger fiercely regal, and the palace and jungle strongly evoke the wild, beautiful setting, ensuring that readers are taken on a very satisfying journey.

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