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The Parrot and the Merchant is a strong, interesting fable!

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Interestingly, the author, Marjan Vafaeian, casts the merchant as a woman

The brilliant School Library Journal has written this great review of The Parrot and the Merchant as part of their list of the best 2019 fairytales, folktales, and religious tales! Read what Elizabeth Bird wrote below.

If the title sounds familiar, that may be because this tale was adapted into a picture book around 2010 called The Secret Message by Mina Javaherbin. I loved that book, but I’m quite drawn to this one too. Vafaeian is Iranian, and made it a point to cast the merchant in this story as a woman, which I thought was interesting. It helps that it’s a strong fable too.

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  • The Parrot and the Merchant features in School Library Journal’s list of best translated books of 2019!

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