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‘I’m not a Jackal, I’m a Peacock!’
The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock
Rumi and Firoozeh Golmohammadi
Tiny Owl 9781910328132 HB £12.99
If you haven’t yet found the work of small publisher called Tiny Owl, come in and have a look. This publisher produces beautiful books that are visually intriguing to say the least. They work with writers and illustrators from all over the world to introduce stories, artistic styles and ideas from far and wide (both contemporary and old) to an English speaking audience.
The Jackal Who Thought He was a Peacock is based on a fable written by 13th Century Persian poet, Rumi. In this story, the Jackal is not at all content with his grey and brown fur once he has seen the shimmering glory of the peacock. He hatches a clever plan that will transform him into the brightest, most sparkly and colourful Jackal of all, he plans to transform himself into a peacock. His jackal friends look on and shake their heads. The illustration is by Iranian artist Firoozeh Golmohammadi, well known in the Middle East for having revived and revolutionised the art of Persian miniature paintings. Her work has won her more than 15 international awards. Tiny Owl has produced many other stories, from many countries, illustrated with styles from all over the world.
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