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The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock

The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock


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The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock is an ancient fable by Rumi about accepting your own identity.

The jackal has never been the same since he saw the peacocks. Now he looks at his grey and brown fur and thinks how boring he looks. He wonders how he can change it to be beautiful and dazzling like the peacocks. He’s always collecting colourful things to stick on his fur but nothing seems to work.

Then he hatches a clever plan that will once and for all turn him into the brightest, most brilliant jackal, just like the peacocks. His jackal friends just look on and shake their heads.

Tales by Rumi bundle


UK only

The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock, The Lion Tattoo (hardbacks), The Parrot and the Merchant (paperback), and Grobblechops (paperback).


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Meet the author and illustrator


Retold by Fereshteh Sarlak, and translated by Azita Rassi (pictured), this story is a rewriting of one of the fables of Rumi, the great 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic and poet. This story comes from his book Masnavi, which explains philosophical and mystical concepts through beautiful, metaphorical allegories containing mystical points as well as wisdom and advice.



Firoozeh Golmohammadi is an award-winning Iranian artist and illustrator, highly-acclaimed as the moderniser of Persian miniature. She has published over 20 books, many of which have been translated. In 2006, one of Golmohammadi’s books was included in the annual White Ravens Catalogue of the International Youth Library in Munich.




Read more about The Jackal Who Thought He Was a Peacock:
  • Read a review of this book by Red Reading Hub
  • Introducing Global Children’s Literature
  • Discover the poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing
  • Jackal’s crazy colour-splashing antics: A review by Read It Daddy
  • ‘I’m not a jackal, I’m a peacock!’ A review by Tamsin Rosewell
  • review by Outside in World: A book of acceptance, difference and the pursuit of dreams
  • Blogs here and here and here: Wonderful events at Greenwich Book Festival
  • Video: Tiny Owl at Greenwich Book Festival
  • review by Reading Zone: ‘The Jackal is about the importance of appreciating oneself and those around you’


Reading Zone

Reminds children of the importance of self-worth and appreciation of oneself and of those around them.

Read it Daddy

A fabulous picture book version of an old, old story.

Red Reading Hub

The book’s design and the quality of the production are superb.

Posted in All Books, Books & Gifts, Key Stage 1, Tales by Rumi