On 21st of May, we lost Parviz Kalantari, one of the most renowned illustrators in Iran. Tiny Owl was lucky to publish his last work for children, Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird. Parviz’s artistic life was dedicated to introducing nomadic tribes of Iran and their lifestyle to his audience. Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird shows the everyday life of a young Qashqai girl through a simple delicate story of love and freedom.
Tahmineh is a seven year old Qashqai girl. Qashqais are nomads, travelling in summertime to high pastures and in winter to lower plains. They live with their animals, sheep and goats and cows and horses. Tahmineh goes to a tent-school, suitable for their nomadic lifestyle. Like all others in their Qashqai tribe, Tahmineh wears a traditional dress, which is sewn from clothes that they weave and dye themselves. They make all kind of crafts from the sheep wool that they spin at home. They weave carpets and bags. “Chanteh” is a carpet-like shoulder bag, often with geometric motifs. In this story, Tahmineh decides to weave her favourite bird on a chanteh.
Every page of this book shows an aspect of life in a Qashai tribe: baking breads, milking the goats, minding the babies, spinning threads, weaving, art, travelling, and studying. The story is unusual, sensual, diverse, and inspiring. This book is recommended to parents and schools who want to educate their children about diverse lifestyles of real people.
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