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The Phoenix of Persia

£12.99 (paperback)

UK only


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)


UK only

Teacher resources

Download the free cross-curricular teacher resources

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Download a free poster with beautiful artwork from this book!

More info

Read about the music, teacher resources, Shahnameh Box and events programme.

Watch the book trailer

Meet the author and illustrator

Sally Pomme Clayton


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.

Read an interview with Sally Pomme

Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif


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 an interview with Amin

Read more about The Phoenix of Persia:


Red Reading Hub

Rich in classroom potential, this book is FAB-U-LOUS!

Reading Zone

Children and adults alike will not help but be captivated by its message of forgiveness and celebration of difference.

Book Trust

Perfect to explore traditional tales from other cultures.

Posted in All Books, Books & Gifts, Key Stage 2, One Story, Many Voices