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The Knight, the Princess, and the Magic Rock: A Classic Persian Tale Hardcover – July 16, 2012
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The romance of Bijan and Manijeh is found in the Book of Kings (Shahnameh), the national epic poem of Iran. Bijan, a warrior prince, is asked by the king to rid the country of wild boars, which he successfully does. On his way back from his mission, he meets and falls in love with Manijeh, a princess of an enemy kingdom. Rather than be parted from him, Manijeh tricks Bijan into drinking a potion that keeps him with Manijeh. When he is inevitably discovered, he is imprisoned in an underground pit, covered by a magic rock. The knight Rostam eventually rescues him, and the wiser, chastened lovers live happily ever after. Azizi's retelling of this major Persian tale emphasizes its mythopoeic themes; Sadeghian's gorgeous color illustrations bring to vivid life both the tale and classical Persian art. Supplemental interpretive commentary gives more mature readers food for spiritual thought. (Publishers Weekly)
The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock is an easily read and enjoyable story with beautiful illustrations in the style of an ancient ethnic tale. (Foreword Reviews)
The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock: A Classic Persian Tale provides a very easy reader that needs no advanced reading skills to prove accessible, and retells the classic Personal story of a brave young knight called Bijan who falls in love with the daughter of an enemy of Persia. Their romance will endanger their lives in this fine tale, illustrated by Alireza Sadgehian and packed with color. Kids who enjoy folktales from other countries will find a winner, here! (Midwest Book Review)
About the Author
Sara Azizi is a writer and storyteller who has wide-ranging interests in the arts in general and traditional Persian literature in particular. A native of Iran, she has lived and studied in Potsdam, New York, and Toronto. The Knight, the Princess, and the Magic Rock is her first book to be published in the US.
Alireza Sadeghian is a professional painter and freelance illustrator. In addition to his design and illustration work, he has also taught art in his native Iran. He holds a degree in the preservation and restoration of historic sites and monuments, and lives in Isfahan, Iran with his wife and two children.
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Ferdowsi to Iran is what Shakespeare is to England!
Sara Azizi has written this story in kids’ language so they understand it and love it. This way it captures their attention to grow up reading Persian Nationalistic bed time stories and to become Persian Nationalists.
As an American Patriot and a Hardcore Persian Nationalist, I raise my little Sun Goddess to respect the flag and love America. I also teach her to respect the Persian Flag (Lion and Sun) and educate herself to the True Persian Culture. She grows up learning her heritage, speak Persian and educate herself by the Persian classics. This book was a part of her early training as a Persian Patriot.
In these years and decades that our 8000 years old Persian culture is getting crushed under the boots of the Islamic Regime of IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran). We have to do our best to protect and serve our Persian heritage, traditions, celebrations, art, literature, poetry, language and culture.
As an author and a journalist, I strongly recommend this book to all concerned Persian parents who care about raising Solid Persian Nationalists, not strangers to their own heritage.
Sun Goddess loved this book and from time to time, she still reads it. This is one of the books that will stay in her library and she will never donate it to Salvation Army! This book is great both for Iranian American kids and for Non Iranian American Kids. This book is Sun Goddess approved, so go for it!
VERDICT: 3/5 Stars
*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published July 16th, 2012.*
The book manages to introduce kids today to something as wonderful as the `Shahnameh' but could have done it better.
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of all this book reviewed. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on these books were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read them.