The Phoenix of Persia
The Phoenix of Persia is a legend from ancient Persia which includes an original Iranian musical composition to stream online using a QR code in the book.
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!
Find out more: Watch a short film about the book launch and education resources.
One Story Many Voices book bundle
Five books: Cinderella of the Nile, Quill Soup (paperbacks), The Phoenix of Persia, The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, Under the Great Plum Tree (hardbacks)
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Meet the author and illustrator
Sally Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller and writer. She loves to bring fairytales and forgotten myths to new life. Sally Pomme co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton (1985), together they spearheaded storytelling across the UK. She is an inspiring educator, teaching practical workshops in storytelling and creative writing. www.sallypommeclayton.com
Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif was born in Tehran in 1979 and is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published worldwide. To illustrate The Phoenix of Persia, Amin has used his distinctive sgraffito technique which involves scratching through a layer of still-wet paint to reveal what’s underneath.
Read more about The Phoenix of Persia:
- Hooray! The Phoenix of Persia is nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2020!
- The Phoenix of Persia picked as a top book for Fathers’ Day!
- Book Trust loves The Phoenix of Persia!
- The Phoenix of Persia is longlisted for the Steel City Book Club awards!
- The Phoenix of Persia is on SLJ’s list of the best books of 2020!
- Announcing our biggest project of the year! A book with music and teacher resources
- The Shahnameh Box and Teacher Resources
- Watch: The success of The Phoenix of Persia!
- Meet the Creators
- Read an interview: Explore the magic of storytelling with Sally Pomme Clayton!
- Discover the fun Phoenix of Persia chain game!
- This magical book takes readers to another world! – Kirkus Reviews
- Immerse your class in the wonder of The Phoenix of Persia – Schools Library Services
- The Phoenix of Persia is a must-read! – Read it Daddy
- Meet the illustrator of The Phoenix of Persia!
- Music and storytelling: how a teacher used The Phoenix of Persia
- The Phoenix of Persia will bring diversity into children’s lives – Books Go Walkabout
- The Phoenix of Persia is a boon for teachers! – Parents in Touch
- Rich in classroom potential, The Phoenix of Persia is FAB-U-LOUS! – Red Reading Hub
- Meet the author of The Phoenix of Persia!
- Children and adults will be captivated by The Phoenix of Persia – teacher Louise Gahan
- City University celebrates The Phoenix of Persia!
- Listen to a podcast: Exploring the Shahnameh part 2
- Listen: Exploring the Shahnameh with a classics expert!
- The Phoenix of Persia is highly recommended by Youth Services Book Review!
- School children love The Phoenix of Persia!
- Read more: White Plain Public Library reads The Phoenix of Persia to celebrate Persian New Year!
- Read a review: The colours are rich and organic – Litustrations