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Explore the Shahnameh in our video!

Do you know about the origins of The Phoenix of Persia? Buy The Phoenix of Persia  We spoke to Iranian classics expert and researcher at UCL Mateen Arghandehpour, to explore the Shahnameh, the epic poem which inspired Sally Pomme Clayton’s The Phoenix of Persia. Find out more about this phenomenal piece of literature in the video below! Hooray! The Phoenix of Persia is nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2020! The Phoenix of Persia picked as a top book…

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Laura Davies reads The Little Black Fish!

Buy The Little Black Fish – Order now, pay later As part of our Fly with Tiny Owl series, we’ve gathered a range of read along and how-to videos from our fabulous authors and illustrators so that you can keep those little ones entertained. With school, library, and bookshop closures, and the inevitable challenges facing the whole community over the next few months, we want to make it as easy as possible for families stuck…

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This magical book takes readers to another world – Kirkus Reviews

Illustrated with a touch of magic! Buy The Phoenix of Persia We’re delighted with this wonderful review of The Phoenix of Persia from Kirkus Reviews! Have a read below.   A story of ancient Persia inside a story of 20th-century Iran accompanied by an easily accessible soundtrack. A brother and sister in Iran run to the public park to listen to a storyteller backed by musicians narrate the tale of Prince Zal and the Simorgh,…

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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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Bijan and Manije: an epic tale of love

Read a wonderful review of Bijan and Manije by Anne Harding:   Bijan and Manije is a re-telling of a story from Shahnameh (the Book of Kings), a collection of Persian myths and legends from many centuries ago, brought to life for children by Iranian poet and author Ali Seidabadi, and well translated by Azita Rassi. When the Armenians send word to King Khossow of Iran that their territory is over-run by terrifying boars, he offers a…

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