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Hooray! Two Tiny Owl Books nominated for Kate Greenaway Awards!

Buy Quill Soup  Buy The Phoenix of Persia  We are beyond delighted to announce that two of our illustrators have been nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards! Dale Blankenaar was nominated for Quill Soup, written by Alan Durant. Quill Soup is an African retelling, based on the traditional ‘stone soup’ fable. The bold, captivating illustrations are inspired by the wood sculpture of western Africa and the costumes and masks of the BWA…

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Stories of the Simorgh at Edinburgh Book Festival

Stories of the Simorgh by Sally Pomme Clayton, author of The Phoenix of Persia Buy The Phoenix of Persia ‘Sitting in the nest was a bird, with curving beak and trailing tail. Her feathers flashed, scarlet, ruby, purple, gold. She was the size of thirty birds and shone like a hundred suns. The Simorgh!’ The Phoenix of Persia by Sally Pomme Clayton and Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif I was going to the Edinburgh Book Festival 2019,…

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The Phoenix of Persia is a must-read! – Read it Daddy

Buy The Phoenix of Persia Another fantastic review for The Phoenix of Persia, from father-daughter book blogging team Read it Daddy! One thing we really believe on our blog is that the more children are exposed to stories that go far beyond their own comfortable cultural bubble, and the boundaries of their own country, the more they’ll begin to learn and understand other countries and cultures – and perhaps find commonality in the way stories…

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The Phoenix of Persia is a boon for teachers! – Parents in Touch

Buy The Phoenix of Persia Parents in Touch have written a fab review of our ancient tale The Phoenix of Persia! Read it below! The story is based on the Shahnameh, an epic of world literature by Iranian poet Ferdowsi. In a busy marketplace in Iran, a traditional storyteller regales her audience with the tale of Prince Zal and the Simorgh. The Simorgh is a wise phoenix whose flapping wings disperse the seeds of life across…

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Meet the illustrator of The Phoenix of Persia!

Buy The Phoenix of Persia We interviewed Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif, illustrator of the gorgeous new picture book The Phoenix of Persia! Find out what he had to say below! What was your favourite part of the story to illustrate? For me, the best part of the story to illustrate was the mysterious sleeping phoenix. Can you explain the sgraffito technique you used for the illustrations? I used a technique called scratch board, in which I…

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