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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
The Princess of Freedom by Tarra Light is a delightful, inspiring fable for both children and adults. Using the close interchange between Kriya, a typical woman, and her three intelligent, self-aware cats, the story deals poignantly with anger, insecurity, and the need to embrace healing for our world. Kriya and her husband, Tom, adopt a young cat named Tykee the Tiger, and bring him to join their two other cats—Mirabel and Princess. Each cat represents elements of wisdom that Kriya, like all humans, needs to learn to embrace. But Princess is the most central to the story. When Kriya receives a hurtful letter from her father, who she has not been close to for years, she is hurled into a journey of self-discovery and letting go in which Princess plays the role of her guide.
The Princess of Freedom is an enchanting read and a rare find--a story that truly can appeal to all ages at all phases of understanding. Beneath a simple, elegant narrative lurks the calming peace of human emotion against the backdrop of nature, with adorable animal characters that kids will love, and character situations that resonate on the deepest levels with adults. Kriya’s quest to explore nature and learn from animals holds deep truths for people striving to overcome hurt and gain their own identity. The world Tarra Light creates is our world painted in mystical, serene hues that hold instant reality as well as a soaring philosophy that every animal has a special place and purpose, just like people. And just like animals, people were created incredibly special and unique, to be musicians, wizards, seamstresses, and achievers. For all the dreamers you may know and for all those still afraid to dream—this is a book to read.