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Good book, but not as great as her others
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2014
This is a decent book by Nancy Tillman, but it seems to become a bit too obsessed with the crown itself. It's really a metaphor about how special each child is, how wonderful, how loved. This is a beautiful concept, and one that's repeated in all of her books.
However in this book the author seems to become fixated on the crown, rather than what it represents. The reader is asked to pledge their belief in the crown, feel the crown, think about the crown. The crown is just a concept to drive home the specialness of each child — the most important point is not the crown, but what it represents. But for some reason the author loses sight of that and just keeps talking about the actual crown. It starts to feel strange after a bit.