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The Little Black Fish

School Library Journal have featured The Little Black Fish in their list of the best translated books of 2019! After swimming from Iran to the UK, it came out in the US and Canada this year. Find out what they said below!

The shelves of your average everyday American children’s room are not fair overflowing with Iranian picture book imports. After reading The Little Black Fish, I think maybe they should be. I mean, this book originally came out in 1968 in Tehran and it’s very much in the same vein as Swimmy, if more socially responsible. Really, the book I think it’s closest to, in a lot of ways, is Alvin Tresselt’s The Frog in the Well. In both cases you have a character that has a very limited worldview, manages to see the world, and encounters others that have their own limited worldviews due to their circumstances and lack of curiosity. According to the publisher, this book was banned after it came out in Iran. I don’t find that particularly surprising considering what it’s advocating. With its woodcut-like illustrations this should be a classic worldwide. Hat tip to the publisher Tiny Owl for getting it back out there and to Azita Rassi for the perfect translation.

  • Read a review by Ellie Labbett: The Little Black Fish is food for thought!
  • Read a review by Massachusetts librarian Kristin Guay: The Little Black Fish shows children acceptance, compassion and bravery
  • Read a review by book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Little Black Fish dares you be curious!
  • The Little Black Fish is out in the US!

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