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The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

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Publisher Comments:

The Shahnameh is a fabulous collection of stories and myths from ancient Persia, written into an epic poem by the poet Firdousi in the 10th century. The Shahnameh's place in Persian literature is equivalent to the Arthurian legend in Europe. The tales describe the beginning of the world, and include amazing birds who bring up orphaned Kings, noble horses who kill lions to save their masters, wars between demons and heroes, a feisty princess who goes to war incognito, and above all the great hero Rostam, who tragically kills his own son Sohrab, not knowing his identity.

Elizabeth Laird is passionate about bringing this great epic poem to the children of western cultures, as well as retelling it for Iranian children living in the West.

Review:

"Laird's retelling of revered Persian poet Ferdowsi's 10th-century epic poem (60,000 verses strong, it's the national epic of Iran) takes the form of haunting scenes with a fiery cast of characters rivaling those of the Greek myths. The short prose passages detail the rise and fall of kings, forbidden romance, the wrath of demons, the betrayals of sons and fathers, and magical creatures. Borders of winding vines, dotted with birds and flowers, surround Laird's text, while larger, vivid images are set within borders that recall Persian rugs. Adl's gangly cartoon humans, demons, and animals are given depth by fabric, metallic, and other textural accents. With captivating villains and otherworldly adventure, it's a retelling with obvious appeal to fans of myth, folklore, fantasy, and ancient culture. Ages 7 — 11." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird is the author of Red Sky in the Morning, The Garbage King, Crusade and Lost Riders. She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, and her son lived for four years in Iran. She met her husband while travelling in India and they lived together in Iraq, Lebanon and Austria. Her other books for Frances Lincoln are A Fistful of Pearls: Stories from Iraq, Pea Boy, and The Ogress and the Snake: Stories from Ethiopia. Laird divides her time between London and Edinburgh.

Shirin Adl was born in Harlow, Essex, and grew up in Iran. Back in England, she studied Illustration at Loughborough University, going on to win the Hallmark M&S Talented Designer Award. She also designs greetings cards and makes cartoons. Adl's books for Frances Lincoln are Ramadan Moon and Elizabeth Laird's Pea Boy. She lives in Oxford.

Table of Contents

Contents

AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME

King Hushang, the Master of Fire

King Tahmuras, the Tamer of Animals

Jamshid the Glorious, Master of the World

THE WICKED KING ZAHHAK

Zahhak Murders his Father

Greedy Zahhak and his Loathsome Snakes

The Death of the Great Jamshid Faranak Hides her Little Son

Feridun Learns the Truth Kaveh, the Courageous Blacksmith

Feridun Rides to War The Triumph of Feridun

SAM, THE FIRST CHAMPION OF KINGS

The Champion Sam, and Zal, his White-Haired Son

Sam Searches for his Son Zal Goes Hunting

King Mehrabs Beautiful Daughter

Rudabehs Companions Set their Trap

The Falcon Catches the Dove

The Marriage of Zal and Rudabeh

RUSTAM THE HERO

A Champion is Born The Miraculous Baby

Rustam and the White Elephant Trouble Comes to Iran

Rustam Finds his Marvellous Horse Rustam Seeks for a King

The Noble Kay Kobad

THE FOOLISH KING KAY KAVUS

The White Demon of Mazanderan

Zal Hears the News

THE SEVEN TRIALS OF RUSTAM

Rustams First Trial Rustams Second Trial

Rustams Third Trial

Rustams Fourth Trial Rustams Fifth Trial

Rustams Sixth Trial Rustam Finds the King

Rustams Seventh Trial Ulad Wins his Kingdom

KAY KAVUS THE FOOLISH

Rebellion in Barbary The King of Hamaverans Daughter

The King of Hamaveran Takes his Revenge

Kay Kavus Flies with the Eagles

THE STORY OF RUSTAM AND SOHRAB

Rustam Loses Rakhsh The King of Samagans Daughter

Tahmineh The Birth of Sohrab

Afrasyab Plots and Plans Sohrab and the White Fortress

Gordafarid, the Warrior Girl

RUSTAM IS SUMMONED

King Kavus Sends for Rustam The Anger of Kay Kavus

Kay Kavus and Rustam March to War

Rustam Spies on Sohrab Sohrab Looks for Rustam

THE BATTLE OF SOHRAB AND RUSTAM

Sohrab Makes his Challenge

The First Battle Between Sohrab and Rustam

Sohrab and Rustam Return to their Camps

Sohrab Throws Rustam to the Ground

The Final Battle The Grief of Rustam

The Death of Rustam

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847802538
Subtitle:
The Persian Book of Kings
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Author:
Laird, Elizabeth
Author:
Adl, Shirin
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120221
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
10.88 x 8.5 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 13

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Product details 120 pages Frances Lincoln Ltd - English 9781847802538 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Laird's retelling of revered Persian poet Ferdowsi's 10th-century epic poem (60,000 verses strong, it's the national epic of Iran) takes the form of haunting scenes with a fiery cast of characters rivaling those of the Greek myths. The short prose passages detail the rise and fall of kings, forbidden romance, the wrath of demons, the betrayals of sons and fathers, and magical creatures. Borders of winding vines, dotted with birds and flowers, surround Laird's text, while larger, vivid images are set within borders that recall Persian rugs. Adl's gangly cartoon humans, demons, and animals are given depth by fabric, metallic, and other textural accents. With captivating villains and otherworldly adventure, it's a retelling with obvious appeal to fans of myth, folklore, fantasy, and ancient culture. Ages 7 — 11." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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