Buy The Phoenix of Persia, hardback, 32 pp, £12.99 (discounts may apply)
- Written by Sally Pomme Clayton
- Illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif
- Instructions on how to access the music – it’s quick and easy!
- Watch a series of short videos
In a bustling marketplace in Iran, a traditional storyteller regales her audience with the tale of Prince Zal and the Simorgh. High up on the Mountain of Gems lives the Simorgh, a wise phoenix whose flapping wings disperse the seeds of life across the world. When King Sam commands that his long-awaited newborn son Zal be abandoned because of his white hair, the Simorgh adopts the baby and raises him alongside her own chicks. She teaches him everything she knows. But when the king comes to regret his actions, Prince Zal will learn that the most important lesson of all is forgiveness.
A mythical tale of family, forgiveness and what it means to be truly wise, the book includes an original Iranian musical composition to stream online using the QR code in the book. Watch this video for detailed instructions on how to access the music – it’s quick and easy!
Watch an introduction to the project:
- Book Trust loves The Phoenix of Persia!
- Announcing our biggest project of the year! A book with music and teacher resources
- The Shahnameh Box and Teacher Resources
- Meet the Creators
- Read an interview: Explore the magic of storytelling with Sally Pomme Clayton!
- Read a review by teacher Louise Gahan: Children and adults will be captivated by The Phoenix of Persia
- Read a review by Red Reading Hub: Rich in classroom potential, The Phoenix of Persia is FAB-U-LOUS!
- Read an interview with the author: Stories are every child’s heritage – Sally Pomme Clayton
- Listen: Exploring the Shahnameh with a classics expert!
- Meet the illustrator of The Phoenix of Persia!
- Read a review by Parents in Touch: The Phoenix of Persia is a boon for teachers!
- The Phoenix of Persia picked as a top book for Fathers’ Day!
- Read a review by Read It Daddy: The Phoenix of Persia is a must-read!
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