Title: My Name Is Cinnamon
Author: Vikas Prakash Joshi
Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia
Publisher: Hay House
Age group: 9 – 12/13 years
This book review is by my son Medhansh Dwivedi who is a 12 year old and loves reading books.
Cinnamon is a boy in his pre-teens. He is an adopted child and sometimes he ponders over this one question, “Why did my birth parents leave me for adoption?” This one question that has always been part of his life. He embarks on a journey to find his birth parents so that his questions can be answered. Sometimes he is told by people that his parents adopted him only so that they would get free help from him. Since Cinnamon always had these questions to his parents, they arranged a meeting with his biological parents. During the meet Cinnamon received both good and bad news. To know more about what he discovered, you must read the book.
At first, I did not feel a lot of connection with the book but later it captured my interest. The more I read, I felt part of the book. It felt as if I could understand what was going through the boy’s mind.
Things I liked about the book.
- The way the author has shaped the whole plot of the story.
- His perfect imagination of how an adopted child thinks.
- The way he richly described the city of Pune.
- Last but not the least, the connection I felt with the story.
I want to thank Asha aunty for sharing this book with me as it has enriched me on such a topic. Also, it made me realize that we shouldn’t say such insensitive things around children who are adopted as it may hurt them. eg statements like – “Your parents adopted you for extra help in the household” or “You are an adopted child that is why your parents won’t buy you anything expensive” are highly insensitive things to say and can make anyone feel worse.
I would recommend this book for 9 to 12 year olds but the book is good enough for older teens as well and one will find it understandable and relatable.
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Disclaimer: Medhansh is part of the #kbcReviewerSquad and received this book as a review copy from the author.