This is fantastic! To “celebrate, discover, and discuss the state of literature for children and teens in translation” in September, which is WorldKidLit month, BookRiot has listed 100 great translated books in English from around the world. We are very proud to have three titles in the list. These three are:
- The Snowman and the Sun:
A snowman might seem an improbable topic for Iranian literature, but this charming picture book, rendered from a snowman’s point of view, is filled with tiny beautiful touches: a bumblebee riding a bicycle, a cat in a variety of poses, and the ice cream that appears on every page.
- Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird:
There is a movement of Iranian children’s-book artists that is among the field’s most lush and accomplished. Here, Tahmineh is minding the sheep, plays on her flute, and a bird sings along. As Tahmineh cannot capture the bird’s wildness, she weaves a picture of her bird into a chanteh. Magic ensues.
- The Little Black Fish:
In 1974, this book won the Hans Christian Andersen Award; it has recently been re-issued by Tiny Owl in a new English edition.A political allegory and coming-of-age.
As Tiny Owl writes: “While his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river which will show him much more of the world. He meets wonders and adventures, dangers and beauty. He makes it all the way to the sea, and finds his answers.”
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