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Tahmineh's Beautiful Bird

£11.99 £7.99 (hardback)

UK only


Tahmineh's Beautiful Bird tells the story of a young girl from the Qashqai tribes in Iran.

Tahmineh lives with her family in one of Iran’s Qashqai tribes.

While minding the sheep, Tahmineh takes out her flute and plays a tune so beautiful that a bird sings along with it.

Tahmineh longs to keep the bird with her, but her parents remind her that you can’t capture wildness, only the memory of it. So she weaves a chanteh, a carpet-like shoulder bag, incorporating a picture of the bird into it … and then something magical happens! This beautiful story introduces the lifestyle of a Qashqai girl: where she goes to school, how her mother bakes flat breads and milks the goats and what they wear.

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Meet the author and illustrator


Parvis Kalantari was an illustrator and painter from Iran.




Read more about Tamineh’s Beautiful Bird:
  • Read Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman’s review here.
  • Learn more about The Qashqai trib here and here.
  • An introduction about Parviz Kalantari here.
  • A Review by Jill Bennett here
  • Learn about Qashaqai tribe here


Laura Hagerty

Offers an inside glimpse towards a culture abundant in the colours of nature and the joys of living a traditional lifestyle.

Outside in World

There are some really interesting universal themes to explore here.

Red Reading Hub

A fascinating and enriching book for primary audiences.

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