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The Little Black Fish (Classics of Persian Literature) Paperback – January 1, 1997

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The Little Black Fish is among Tiny Owl's first offerings. It's a book is about freedom, confinement, human possibility. Like all the best picture books, it is both simple and profound. "Perhaps," says the little black fish, "there is more to life, and perhaps the world is more than our stream!" It's a message for us all. This is a book that has been read and loved for generations in Iran, and at last the little black fish has swum to our shores. -- David Almond I loved When I Coloured the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi and also The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi, both published by Tiny Owl. The first because it is unexpected, asks and answers questions, is about colour but also philosophy, deep, layered, beautiful. They aren't new books to the world but it's the first time they've been translated into English. -- Jackie Morris, author of The Ice Bear Guardian Children's Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, Persian (translation)
Original Language: Persian
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Product Details

  • Series: Classics of Persian Literature (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Ibex Pub; Revised edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936347783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936347783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,840,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Samad-e Behrangi, born in a district of the predominantly Azeri Turkish city of Tabriz in East Azerbayjan Iran, wrote a number of groundbreaking essays on the conditions of Iranian education (K to 12) and equally important short stories for children/adults on the conditions of mid-20th century Iran (Pahlavi shah period) including the now classic and international-known story of "the Little Black Fish." A truly engage writer and artist of contemporary Iran, Behrangi ranks among Iran's leading literati and intelligentsia in his perceptive social and cultural views particularly of the Azeri Turkish village children for whom he passionately devoted his young life (died at 27 in a swimming accident in the Araxs River). The Little Black Fish, an allegorical tale of "a coming-of-politica- age" of Iran's youth through the character of the Black Fish seeking the truth of his own life and society through his search for the end of the mountain stream in which he is born but never believed was the end of the his world. The Fish learns about life, its dangers, and his enemies and friends, by leaving his little mountain pond for the sea. It's in the sea that he has his greatest struggles with his enemies, the pelican and heron against whom he leads others to struggle.. Some might consider it to be "autobiographical" in nature. Much loved by the young readers of the 1960s, one of the underground pro-progressive anti-shah groups of Iran was named after him. His others stories focused always on young village and urban people as did his important prefaces for lessons for the young, such as his "A Thousand and One Peaches". or "Twenty-four Hours Awake and Sleeping" or "The Bald Pigeon Keeper.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Lovely story of a little fish, curious, daring, and independent. His adventures encourage the young reader to think out of the box and question old adages, take on difficult challenges, and look out for those in need of help. The book has attractive illustrations and is definitely a good read.
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Format: Hardcover
Every child must read this book, and every adult as well. The story of moral and diversity in such a simple language, no wonder it won such prestigious award over 40 yrs ago! I read it when I was a teenage and I am still reading for my niece and nephew. Thank you #PippaGoodhart for brining it back once again
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I bought this book as an adult Farsi student because I thought trying to read it might help me learn to read Farsi better than I currently do. I am glad to see that the book has both English and Farsi versions of the story included. I recognize that the book was written for children and not adult language students such as myself- for my purposes, however, it would have been helpful if the original Farsi and English were on facing pages rather than in separate sections.

The story has no clear ending, which is kind of interesting. I can imagine reading this story to children and then asking them at the end- and what do you think the little black fish does next?!
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Born and raised in the city of Tabriz in Iran, I grew up reading Samad Behrangi's books for children. My father was a big fan of him and his works, and he was the first person who introduced Samad Behrangi to me. I think one important aspect of all Behrangi's children books (including The
Little Black Fish) is that, he wants the young readers open up their minds and widen their horizons, think out of the box, speak up for themselves, have the courage to question what does not seem right. For those readers who may think that the little black fish sounds a bit harsh, looks like a spoiled, rude or aggressive misbehaved child, I need to add that, the author of the book has written the book almost 50 years ago in the oppressive political era of Pahlavi regime in Iran and it was banned for 20 some years after it was first published 1968. The author of the book, Samad Behrangi was a teacher and activist, and in his books, he portrays the life of urban poor children to encourage the young readers to change their social circumstances by their own initiatives. It is a conceptually rich, and literally moving book for both children and adults, and the remarkable illustrations of Farshid Mesghali- another prominent contemporary Iranian artist- adds to the value of this historic book. This book also makes a thoughtful gift for the children of your family or friends. I bought this book as a gift for my best friend's daughter to give her an idea of Iranian children's books.
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ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS SHOULD ENJOY THIS BOOK. IT CELEBRATES THE ETERNAL DESIRE OF HUMANITY TO KEEP SEARCHING AND MOVING DESPITE ALL THE DANGERS AND UNCERTAINTIES WHICH ACCOMPANY SUCH ENDEAVOURS. IT ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE DOGMA OF ALL THOSE WHO FEAR CHANGE OR ANYTHING WHICH BORDERS ON THE UNKNOWN AND UNFAMILIAR. ANYONE WHO HAS HAD TO MIGRATE UNWILLINGLY WILL ESPECIALLY BE TOUCHED BY THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK. THE THOUGHT TO PONDER ON IS THE GENERATION OF IRANIANS WHO INITIALLY CAME ACROSS THIS BOOK HAD TO ENDURE CALAMITIES AND ALL THE PAIN AND GLORY OF THE BRAVE LITTLE BLACK FISH. A GREAT EXAMPLE OF SERENDIPITY.
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