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Nicolette Jones: The story of Bijan & Manije spoke to me

Buy Bijan & Manije  Tiny Owl loves to publish timeless stories, those that have something to say to modern audiences, regardless of when they were written. Bijan & Manije is a story from the ancient Persian epic Shahnameh, written a thousand years ago. When we chose to publish Bijan & Manije with its stunning modern illustrations, we had to find a new way to communicate the story to an audience with no prior knowledge of the Shahnameh. Enter…

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Encourage children to read Fairytales for a happy ever after

Buy Cinderella of the Nile  By Marie-Louise Patton Fairytales have deep cultural roots embedded in human history. From the beginning of time people have shared stories, passing them down from generation to generation. Whether it be orally, through illustrations or the written word, these fairytales have a significance in their telling: leave a mark, make us think and often teach a valuable life lesson. Every culture has their own versions of these classic fairytales and each…

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A review of Bijan and Manije

Buy Bijan and Manije Read a wonderful review of Bijan and Manije by Books for Keeps: This is a retelling from Shahnameh, the Book of Kings, the Persian epic collection brought together in the 10th century. In this tale a young Iranian knight, Bijan, goes into a neighbouring kingdom to deal with a herd of wild boars and is betrayed by a companion into visiting the palace of a cruel tyrant, king Afrasiab. There he falls…

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What makes a story immortal?

An introduction to Bijan and Manije Buy Bijan and Manije By: Mateen Arghandehpour There is a Finnish poem that says words have magic. I am a strong believer of this. Words enthrall us and cause us to change our lives, just simple words alone. The best words, are quite hardy and become immortal. Words of love are part of these ‘best words’. There is a certain charm to the idea of ‘pure love’. Perhaps it is…

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Video: experience the thrilling ancient adventure of Bijan and Manije

Step back in time to 10th-century Persia: below you can watch the introductory video to Bijan & Manije! Bijan & Manije is a beautiful story of love across the divide, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, but with a distinctive Persian flavour. A twist of fate brings Bijan face to face with the daughter of his enemy. They fall in love and refuse to abandon each other, even under duress. Can Iran’s greatest knight, Rostam, help…

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