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Many books stay close to me because my mother read to me!

As an adopted child, I knew that I was wanted & loved because of the picture books my mum read to me. By Lindsey Jones* Ever since I was little, my mother always read to me.  As a mother should, she strived to be very close with me.  In my mind, I think she tried her hardest because I was adopted and oftentimes it is very difficult for children who are adopted to become close…

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Video: discover the world of a Qashqai tribe in Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird

Introduce your children to the diverse lifestyle of a Qashqai tribe: below you can watch the introductory video for Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird! While minding the sheep, Tahmineh takes out her flute and plays a tune so beautiful that a bird sings with it. Tahmineh longs to keep the bird with her, but you can’t capture wildness, only the memory of it. So Tahmineh weaves a picture of her bird into a chanteh…. and then something…

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A magical sense of the richness of other people’s lives

Here’s a wonderful review of Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird by Terry Potter from The Letterpress Project: One of the magical things that children’s picture books can do is to introduce younger readers to diverse cultures in a non-colonial, unpatronising way that gives them a sense of the richness of other people’s lives. Of course for that to happen however there need to be publishers prepared to go out and find the best writers and artists, translate…

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Appreciation of diversity: introducing a different lifestyle

By: Laura Hagerty*   In Tamineh’s Beautiful Bird, Parviz Kalantari uses artistic anthropology to show the colour and beauty of the Qashqai tribes-people in Iran. Through his vivid illustrations readers learn about the theme of nonconformity through the nomadic lifestyle of Tamineh’s tribe. Tamineh and her family are seen making their own bread, milking sheep, and weaving chantehs (carpet-like shoulder bags). They are also seen making their traditional journey south in autumn.   The Qashqai…

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Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird

Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird £11.99 £7.99 UK only PRODUCT INFO Tahmineh’s Beautiful Bird tells the story of a young girl from the Qashqai tribes in Iran. Tahmineh lives with her family in one of Iran’s Qashqai tribes. While minding the sheep, Tahmineh takes out her flute and plays a tune so beautiful that a bird sings along with it. Tahmineh longs to keep the bird with her, but her parents remind her that you can’t capture wildness,…

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