Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Knight, The Princess &The Magic Rock by Sara Azizi

Good day dear reader friends,
The Queen here with a magical tales of bravery, adventure and magic. The Knight, The Princess and the Magic Rock is an old Persian tale taken from the legendary “Book of Kings” (Shahnameh), written over a thousand years ago. This story has been retold time and again, and now is beautifully told and illustrated by Sara Azizi and Alireza Sadeghian.

This book will fit in nicely with any cultural study lesson plans.

Happy Reading!
The Queen

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Book Title: The Knight, The Princess & The Magic Rock
Author: Sara Azizi                                                                             
Illustrator: Alireza Sadeghian

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Wisdom Tales; 1 edition (July 16, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1937786014


Book Theme:
Persian folklore, bravery, adventure, love



Book Summary from Amazon.com
The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock beautifully brings to life the enchanting story of Bijan, a brave young knight from the ancient land of Persia, and his star-crossed lover, Manijeh, princess of an enemy kingdom. Originally written over a thousand years ago, the story has been rendered into films, operas, and plays. Rich in symbolism, and filled with acts of heroism, secret potions, and the king’s all-knowing golden cup, the tale will delight children everywhere.



Activity Adventures:

Discussion:
Talk about what folktales are. Some are truth, some are fables or made up stories. Some are stories passed down from generation to generation and nobody is sure if they are true or not.

Compare folktales from other countries. Are there any similarities?  How are they different? Some counties and cultures share a common story, but have a different way of telling it, such as the story of Cinderella. Google the numerous versions of this favorite story.

Crafty Ideas:
Coloring page from one of the book illustrations. Click this link to download the pdf file.

Writing Prompts:
Some writers take a folktale and turn it into a modern day story. How could you take this classic Persian tale and re-write it in a modern setting? Try and see what kind of story you come up with.




Authors Arena

Author bio: from Wisdom Tales

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.

Sara Azizi is a writer and storyteller. The aim of her work is to bring the beauty of foreign lands and especially Persian culture to a wider Western audience. A native of Iran, she has lived and studied in Potsdam, New York, and Toronto, Canada. The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock is her first book to be published in the US.

Sara Azizi would like to share some of her thoughts and experiences on her development as a writer of children’s books with you: Read More Here




Illustrator bio: from Wisdom Tales

Alireza Sadeghian is a professional painter and illustrator. In addition to his design and illustration work, he has also taught children’s art classes. 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. The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock is his first book to be published in the US. He truly enjoys illustrating children’s books!

Alireza would like to share some of his experiences as a painter and illustrator with you:READ MORE HERE.

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