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The Phoenix of Persia by Sally Pomme Clayton, illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif, is based on a story from the Shahnameh, an epic poem by the 10th-century Iranian poet Ferdowsi. Storytellers in Iran would often tell the stories of the ‘Shahnameh’ to the accompaniment of music. ‘The Phoenix of Persia’ introduces original music composed by contemporary Iranian musicians Amir Eslami (ney), Nilufar Habibian (qanun), Saeid Kord Mafi (santur), and Arash Moradi (tanbur), set to Sally Pomme Clayton’s stunning narration of this classic tale. Our cross-curricular resource explores the ‘Shahnameh’ as one of the great epics of world literature, with activities on history, art, music, drama and more!

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