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A birder's view of a beautiful book with an inspiring tale 7 septembre 2012
Par Timothy B. Riley - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I first heard of The Conference of the Birds when I studied the major religions of the world many years ago. It was originally a 12th century Persian book of poems written by Farid ud-Din Attar comprised of approximately 4500 lines. The story is beautifully retold (and, thankfully, condensed) by Alexis York Lumbard and expertly illustrated the artist Demi. I really liked the way that Ms. Lumbard kept the poetic feel and rhythm of the the original text. I have read other translations of the epic poem and I did not enjoy them nearly as much as I did this interpretation.

The story centers around a bird called a Hoopoe (a real Eurasian bird found in many desert climates--as a matter of fact, it has been the National bird of Israel since 2008) who inspires all of the birds of the world to join her in a quest to find the king of birds, Simorgh the Wise (a Simorgh is an ancient, mythical bird similar the the western world's Phoenix.) Along the way the birds struggle with all-too-human personality flaws which jeopardize their journey. At each step the wise Hoopoe encourages them to overcome their frailties and then continue with their mission. The ending is both poetic and spiritual in a way that people of varied religions (or none at all) should find compatible with their own beliefs.

The book itself is of family heirloom quality, expertly printed with a gold gilt-like color on every page. The artwork, by Demi, is exquisite. The very realistic (if very slightly stylized) depiction of the birds reminds me of Japanese woodblock prints or ancient Persian paintings. And the birds! What a collection we have here. Children will really be captivated by the sheer variety of avian species depicted here. They include many Eurasian birds such as swans, owls, cranes, ibis', hawks, jungle fowls, ducks, vultures, sparrows, quails, woodpeckers, peacocks, pheasants, kingfishers and many, many more. However, the reader may also identify many new world birds, like hummingbirds, quetzals, toucans, cardinals, parakeets and many different types of parrots including a starring role by a gorgeous Scarlet Macaw (surprisingly, there is even a Dodo on the cover page.)

My copy of this book is headed to my two granddaughters, ages 3 and 6. I really think that when they see it they will be reminded of their 'Pop-pop's' love of birds as well as his love for them. I also think that their mother will appreciate the morals included in this classic tale. Well done!

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author for reviewing purposes and in exchange for an honest review.
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A Moving Experience 24 août 2012
Par Drjou - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I read this book with my dad, and we both really felt moved by it. In an age of media saturation, there is very little that takes deep spiritual lessons and conveys them through beauty in a way that resonates regardless of one's age or creed. I hope that the author produces more books like this and that others will be inspired by them and inspired to follow her lead in their own creative and spiritual pursuits.
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FANTASTIC 24 août 2012
Par mairead - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Marvelous picture book! I read this story with my three children ages six, four, and three and we all enjoyed it tremendously. Even though my three year old is too young to grasp the content of this well-told and beautifully illustrated story, she was nonetheless captivated by the splendid details of each illustration. She kept pointing to the gilded borders and shouting, "BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS!!!"
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A beautiful reincarnation of an ancient tale 10 septembre 2012
Par allison - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I am an educator who has spent my long professional career working with young children and their parents and teachers. I deeply care about children and their ability to reach their full potential.

I have read and re-read the book. I am enamored with and captivated by the beauty of its prose and illustrations. It is just wonderfully beautiful! Both the story and pictures capture the attention of both children and adults. It is quite an accomplishment to engage both audiences. The author and illustrator have created a book which reflects their talent, understanding, and a heartfelt commitment. I think that the spiritual development of children is often neglected (beyond the customs and traditions of one's faith) because the topic of spirituality is somewhat amorphous and requires deep thinking and reflection on the part of parents/adults. The book provides a lovely vehicle for discussions for readers of all ages.
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Beautiful Truth 15 août 2012
Par Benjamin Merson - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
My wife, 5 children and I were delighted to receive this book. This is a most wonderful retelling of one of the greatest poems of human history, written by a true poetic genius and saintly figure of Persia, Farid al-Din Attar. The author deftly adapts the original in a style sure to captivate all children as it has mine, revealing to their little hearts some of the most salient and universal messages of the spiritual quest. As wisdom must surely always be wed to beauty, the illustrations are the perfect compliment to the magnificent prose and poetry, forming together an alchemy of attraction, for young hearts as well as old, to the supernal abode of the Heavenly King.
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