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Hallowed ground: the mausoleum of Omar Khayyám and its gardens

Written by Ali Seidabadi,  editor in Tiny Owl’s Persian series. when I was 12, I went to a boarding school in Nishapur, north-easternIran, adjacent to the garden where the poet and scientist Omar Khayyám is buried. A part of the garden could be seen from our classroom window and the splashing sound of water, flowing down from a water tank amid the plants, was the background music of our lessons. Read the original article in…

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Pardekhani[1] and Picture Books

Ali Seidabadi, editor of  Tiny Owl’s Persian series   When I was a child, a kind of art was popular in Iran, which I can describe as a sort of collective illustration reading.  I have been captivated with this art for a while, thinking how greatly it resembles “reading” a picture book or an illustrated story, feeling amazed that nobody has yet mentioned this resemblance. This art-ritual is called pardekhani. There are illustrations on a…

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A Life Lesson through a Story

As we grow, we learn that books are more than just fun, fictional worlds to entertain us. Stories and tales can act as lessons for us; sending us a moral message or teaching us something new. At Tiny Owl publishing, all our books have a deeper meaning; each narrative is more than a story, it teaches the reader something they didn’t know before turning the pages. When we turn the pages of a children’s book…

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Children’s Writers and Refugees

  Written by: Ali Seidabadi, Tiny Owl’s Persian editor The telly was on and we were packing things. With difficulty, we parted with some items, leaving them behind, while the rest that we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave we packed to take to our new home. The television was showing long queues of refugees who had put their whole lives in a suitcase or a duffle bag, seeking a better life in Europe. Parting is…

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Tiny Owl’s new titles

Tiny Owl Publishing is pleased to announce that we will be releasing two new hardback titles before the end of the year. The Jackal Who Thought He Was A Peacock and The Orange House will be released in January but available to buy in online bookstores by December; just in time for Christmas. The Jackal Who Thought He Was A Peacock is a fable by the thirteenth century poet, Rumi about accepting ones identity. The jackal…

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