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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…


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…