Introducing our new book series Tales by Rumi!
Rumi was a theologian, philosopher, jurist, and Sufi mystic, but most of all he’s remembered as one of the world’s greatest poets. Our series #TalesByRumi aims to bring his ancient wisdom to the new generation and gives them an insight into his philosophy. It’s based on his wonderful book Masnavi, a collection of stunning and wise stories. So far, the books in the series are: The Parrot and the Merchant, The Lion Tattoo and The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock. The next book, Grobblechops, is out in February 2019!
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Ideas for Teachers
Together with your class, look at some passages/ quotes from Rumi. Perhaps choose one or more to share with your class during a Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) session, to open up discussion and dialogue about what each quote could mean. Many are based on hope and inspiration. This quote might be a good one to start with:
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
Often Rumi’s words have been used with images in motivational posters or memes. Following your P4C session, allow children to read more and find or create an image to accompany the poem here.
- Introducing Grobblechops!
- Read David Almond’s words about The Parrot and the Merchant in the Guardian. Link
- Read a review of The Jackal Who Thought He Was A Peacock by Red Reading Hub
- The Lion Tattoo is a finalist in the British Book Design & Production Awards!
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