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Two Parrots

From an idea by Rumi
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Rashin, 2014 IBBY Award winner and Iranian-American artist, makes Rumi's classical story of a parrot wishing to be free fly off the page!

A plucky parrot living in the home of a wealthy merchant appears to have everything: the love of his owner, the best food, and a golden cage. But despite all this, the parrot is sad. The merchant will do anything to make his parrot happy! But will he be willing to set his beloved pet free?

Rashin’s colorful and lively illustrations bring a fresh and distinctive perspective to this thoughtful classic about what is most important in life.

About The Author

Rashin Kheiriyeh was born in Iran and now lives in Washington, DC. She is one of the most outstanding young Iranian illustrators working today. She has been awarded the Golden Apple of Bratislava and was selected for the 2013 Bologna Book Fair Illustrators Exhibit and a 2014 IBBY Honor. Among her many books are Two Parrots, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor—her first books published in the United States.

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (September 1, 2020)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735844261
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Comical expressions and lively action will keep children interested as they consider the tale's message."

– School Library Journal

"Here’s a teachable moment translated into an enchanting, memorable experience."

– Smithsonian BookDragon

"Making her U.S. debut, Iranian-born illustrator Rashin Kheiriyeh takes a tale by Rumi about freedom and makes it entirely her own. The glorious patterns on the clothes of Rashin's characters, the furniture, floors, walls and vessels immediately transplant readers to an exotic land."

– Shelf Awareness

"..imaginative and bright..."

– The Washington Post

"Stunning contemporary graphic illustrations in tones of red, green, brown and white express the sumptuous spirit of this beautiful Persian setting and tale."

– Midwest Book Review

"A spirited adaptation."

– Publishers Weekly

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