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The Parrot and the Merchant is a classic tale about what real love means!

We are so glad to see that Letterbox Library enjoyed The Parrot and the Merchant! Written by Ali Seidabadi with enchanting illustrations by Marjan Vafaeian, this beautiful story is part of our Tales by Rumi series. It was chosen for the 2018 Read For Empathy Collection, a selection of books that help children boost their empathy skills! Letterbox Library celebrates diverse and inclusive children’s books. Read their fab review below!

A Persian merchant, Mah Jahan, travels far and wide collecting gorgeous birds which she cages and chains. But her most prized possession is her talking parrot from India – and the parrot’s greatest desire is to be free again… An accessible yet rich and haunting narrative about loving someone/thing enough to set them free. Unique artwork which relishes the fine details of textured fabrics and bustles and shimmers with colours. Based on a thirteenth century fable from famed Persian Sunni Muslim poet and philosopher, Rumi, recast and reframed by this illustrator so as to star a female merchant. ‘I really like this simple fable and original illustrations- very appealing’ (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer). ‘A simple, beautifully retold fable. This would be a lovely model for writing in Primary schools’ (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 21pp

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  • Find out what David Almond had to say about Tales by Rumi
  • Discover the work of fab illustrator Marjan Vafaeian!
  • Check out the amazing review by Planet Picture Book!

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