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The Parrot and the Merchant paperback, 24 pp, £7.99
- Based on a fable by Rumi
- Illustrated by Marjan Vafaian
The Parrot and the Merchant hardback, 24 pp, £11.99
Tales by Rumi bundle — four books for £30 (save £17)
- The Parrot and the Merchant
- The Lion Tattoo
- The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock
This exquisitely illustrated story is an enchanting fable exploring how hard it is to give something you love freedom. The merchant Mah Jahan loves to keep colourful birds in cages, especially a parrot who can talk to her.
But when the parrot asks her to bring something back from her trading trip to India, Mah Jahan learns a valuable lesson about how to treat the things and people you love.
More books illustrated by Marjan Vafaeian
Watch the book trailer
Watch an introduction to the Tales by Rumi series
Read more about The Parrot and the Merchant:
- The Parrot and the Merchant celebrated in The Wall Street Journal!
- The Parrot and the Merchant teaches about true love. Link
- Read David Almond’s words about this book in the Guardian. Link
- A blog report about storytelling of this book at Belsize Library. Link
- A review by Carousel. Link
- Learn about Marjan Vafaeian, illustrator of this book. Link
- A blog report of an event at Pimlico Library. Link
- Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. Link
- The importance of introducing diversity to children. Link
- Listen to this fantastic report on BBC Radio 4 about Rumi. Link
- Meeting the illustrator in Tehran. A blog post. Link
- An equal voice for ALL women! A blogpost
- Looking back to the colours of Persian miniatures. A review for IBBY Link
- Exciting new paperbacks soon to be released
- A reminder of ‘The Emperor’s Clothes’. A review by Laura Davies
- A blog: Exquisite illustrations of the value of love and freedom
- Blogs here and here and here: Wonderful events at Greenwich and Hay Book Festivals
- Video: Tiny Owl at Hay Festival
- Video: Tiny Owl at Greenwich Book Festival
- A review by Montessori St Nicholas
- An article at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava: The most influential children’s books are made for the sake of art
- A review by Planet Picture Book: A beautiful retelling, magnificently different
- A review by Louise Gahan for Reading Zone: is it right to capture something that was born to be free?
- The Parrot and the Merchant is back, with a new cover!
- Read a review by Nura’s Little Library: Put a little piece of Rumi on your bookshelf!
- Read a review by Kirkus Reviews: The Parrot and the Merchant has a memorable moral!
- Read a review by Indian blogger Metro Reader: The Parrot and the Merchant shows the importance of feelings
- Read a review by Fabric of Life book blog: The Parrot and the Merchant appeals to the child in every adult!
- Read a review: a 7 year old reader gives The Parrot and the Merchant 5 stars in Kids’ Book Buzz!
- Read a review by Shelf Awareness: The Parrot and the Merchant celebrates the natural world
- Hear what readers thought of The Parrot and the Merchant
- Read a review by Youth Services Book Review: The Parrot and the Merchant is eye-catching and unique