Fables are amazing stories created not simply to entertain but also to deliver a life lesson to all ages, particularly children. Down thought the ages many have been told and moved into the history of the written word and in Cinnamon by the highly acclaimed author Neil Gaiman we have such a work, presented with a fresh new vision and designed to appeal to the children, and not so little ‘children’ in today’s fast moving world.
In his usual slightly off beat style Gaimin creates a beautiful princess called Cinnamon, naturally all princesses are beautiful, and who lives in a very hot country with mountains on one side and jungle on the other.
Cinnamon is much loved by her parents the Rajah and Rani. As her eyes are made of pearls and she will not talk her parents are very worried and so they offer a huge reward to anyone who can teach her how to talk. Many try but many fail until one day a huge, majestic, gloriously colourful tiger comes strolling out of the jungle saying that he will teach Cinnamon, or in his words the ‘girl-cub’, to talk.
Of course they are all very afraid, especially when the tiger told the Rajah, who really was trying to be very brave, the he was most definitely a man eating tiger, but that they did not need to be frightened.
The tiger and Cinnamon meet each other and so begins a very strange friendship as the tiger began to teach Cinnamon a lot about, life, trust and friendship.
Beautifully illustrated by Divya Srinivasan this lovely fable will have a wide appeal from little ones beginning to discover their slightly bigger picture books to early readers and anyone who enjoys a really good tale embellished with beautiful illustrations.
|Author||Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan|
|Distributor||Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin|