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Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran Hardcover – February 23, 2010


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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6–In these folktales, Laird writes as a storyteller would speak, with natural cadence and authentic voice. These tales do not all have happy endings, and sometimes the main characters act very foolishly and suffer the consequences of their poor choices. The message of each story, however, is intelligent and witty, and provides a glimpse into the culture. Although the format and cover illustrations make this look like a picture book, there is a lot of text, making the book better suited to middle graders. The stylized mixed-media illustrations are a good match for the stories. Adl often uses cloth with patterns characteristic of the region in her compositions. The resulting artwork conveys a great deal of fun and exuberance while still reflecting the cultural background of the stories. A well-done and attractive addition to any folktale collection.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UTα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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All seven entries in this picture-book anthology are Iranian folktales, presented by a duo who knows the country well (Adl grew up in Iran; Laird’s has traveled widely there). But the stories are universal with their trickster and monster characters and themes of betrayal, love, and redemption. The title tale features a mischievous, tiny creature who is desperately poor but also cheeky. After swallowing the huge animals that threaten him, including a leopard and a wolf, he spills them out at an opportune moment and defeats his enemies. “Sparrow’s Quest” begins with a little bird who wants to know what the most powerful thing in the world is and discovers his own strength in the process. And in a great trickster tale, innocent Kayvan the Brave fools those who mock him. Adl’s folk-style collage illustrations in bright watercolor, colored pencil, photos, and fabrics extend the fun with delicate detail and lively scenes, whether the image is of silly, flirty Miss Cockroach or of the giant leopard that leaps out of Pea Boy’s mouth. Preschool-Grade 3. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845079124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845079123
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9, 2010
I love my job. You would too if you were me. I work in the main branch of New York Public Library in the most beautiful children's room imaginable. More to the point, I profit off the talents of the children's librarians that have come before me. Thanks to their efforts over the last century, my room is privy to a large, lush, fantastic folktale/fairytale section. That means that when a parent or teacher comes in and says, "I need all your Aztec folktales!," I can actually provide them with what they want. Ideally, when this kind of request comes in I like to hand the patron some picture books and at least one collection of multiple tales. And until this moment in time, if someone were to come up to me saying, "Give me all your Iranian folktales", the best that I could do would to be to give them individual picture books like, "Forty Fortunes: A Tale of Iran" by Aaron Shepard or maybe Susan Nadimi's "The Rich Man and the Parrot". We apparently don't own any collected Iranian folktales that circulate. Until now, that is. Five time shortlisted Carnegie Medal author Elizabeth Laird already created the collection "A Fistful of Pearls and Other Tales from Iraq (Folktales from Around the World)". Now she turns her attention to the Iranian part of the world with "Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran". And we, at long last, get the Iranian folktale collection we've needed for quite some time.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Ghazi on September 17, 2013
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What a cute book! It has all these lovely stories translated from Persian, for english speaking kids/adults alike! the illustrations are very colorful.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oaksteel on June 21, 2013
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I would not recommend this book to any one who wants to read it to their children or have their children read it on their own. We could not get over the first few pages of the first story and found the book to be violent specially towards women.
I would not even given it a star if it gave me that option!
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