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‘Perhaps there is more to life, and perhaps the world is more than our stream!’ This book has been read and loved for generations in Iran. It’s about Little Black Fish – a small fish with big questions. There must be more to life than swimming up and down the same small stream every day … surely it must lead somewhere? The other fish think their stream is the whole world and they don’t like Little Black Fish’s dangerous ideas, so he decides to explore alone. As he travels downstream he sees incredible sights that he could never before have imagined. He also faces some terrible dangers. Will he survive to find the end of the river? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a picture book that’s simple on the surface with deeper messages about freedom, the search for possibility, and finding the courage to think and act differently. It took on political significance in Iran after it was published in 1968, read by many adults as a political allegory. The message was so powerful, the book was banned in pre-revolutionary Iran. Have a look at some of the stunning illustrations by the first Asian recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Farshid Mesghali. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Title: The Little Black Fish Author: Samad Behrangi Illustrator: @mesghali_farshid Translator: Azita Rassi Publisher: First published in Persian by Kanoun Parvaresh Fekri, Tehran 1968; this edition by @tiny_owl_publishing 2017 ⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #littleblackfish #samadbehrangi #bannedbooks #iranianillustration #iranianillustrators #childrensclassics #classicchildrensbooks #worldofbooks

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  • An introduction by David Almond in the Guardian. Link
  • The Little Black Fish selected among the best children’s books of the year by the Guardian. Link
  • The Little Black Fish was shortlisted for the Marsh Award. Link
  • review by The English Association: A powerful and remarkable story

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