A Tale Of Two Parrots

Two Parrots Book CoverThis delightful tale about the importance of love and freedom was inspired by a story by Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet. A wealthy mustachioed merchant, elaborately dressed in traditional wide-legged silk pants, flowing robe, and tall black hat keeps a beautiful parrot in a shiny golden cage. But the parrot is sad. When the merchant travels to India to bring a message to the parrot’s friend, the friend drops dead. The merchant returns home, tells the parrot the sad news, and his parrot also drops dead. He removes the bird from the cage and it flies out into the garden. The parrot tricked the merchant. The wise merchant learned a valuable lesson and became friends with the parrot, who now lives freely in the garden. Hidden in the whimsical, mostly green and red, acrylic paintings is a Farsi narrative written on an envelope that further explains the Persian concept of gifts and the parrot’s message to his friend. There is an accompanying animation on North South Book’s YouTube channel. mjw
Title: A Tale Of Two Parrots
Author: Rashin Kheiriyeh
Illustrator
: Rashin Kheiriyeh
Publisher
: North South Books Inc., New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4171-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Iran/Persia, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: United States
Subjects
: Friends, India, Iran, Merchants, Parrots, Persia, Southern Asia

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