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The Parrot and the Merchant is part of the rise in Iranian children’s books!

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The Parrot and the Merchant is brought to life through evocative illustrations

The fabulous School Library Journal have featured The Parrot and the Merchant in their exciting post exploring the rise in Iranian children’s books around the world! Read what Elizabeth Bird had to say below.

A merchant loves to collect beautiful wild birds in cages. When she asks the cleverest of her birds, a parrot, what gift he would like, his answer leads to his freedom. This 13th-century tale is brought to life by an evocative Iranian artist. If the title sounds familiar, that may be because this tale was adapted into a picture book around 2010 called The Secret Message by Mina Javaherbin. I loved that book, but I’m quite drawn to this one too. Vafaeian made it a point to cast the merchant in this story as a woman, which I thought was interesting. It helps that it’s a strong fable too. Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd is also responsible for this release.

  • Read a review by Nura’s Little Library: Put a little piece of Rumi on your bookshelf!
  • Read a review by Kirkus Reviews: The Parrot and the Merchant has a memorable moral!
  • The Parrot and the Merchant features in School Library Journal’s list of best translated books of 2019!

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