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The Rich Man and the Parrot

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This tale from the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi is retold for today's young readers, and includes a clever twist sure to add to the delight. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Emily Smith
The Rich Man and the Parrot is about a rich man who lives in India and his mansion is filled with magnificent treasures from all over the world. His most prized possession is a talking parrot who is able to cheer him up by telling him old legends and tall tales. The rich man built a garden for his parrot complete with sycamore trees, jasmine bushes, and cold water fountains. He gave the parrot everything except freedom. When the parrot asks if he can fly around with all the other birds, the rich ...more
Lyrical dialog and sweet, somehow soothing illustrations bring to life an 800 year old story of fondness and freedom that challenges us to make space for the perspectives of both captor and captive.

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This is based on a story by Rumi. The illustrations are lovely and my kids seemed to like it, but I ended up feeling like there was something missing here. Overall I'd class it as more "ok" than "great."
A classic tale by Rumi retold. Beautifully illustrated story about a parrot that wants his freedom and how he gets it with a little help from his friends, of course.
Brandy Gilbertson
I didn't particularly enjoy the illustrations myself, but I did enjoy the story. I think this would be a great picture books for kids.
Sharlet Mullen
This was a new story with a wonderful message of never holding anything or anyone back from what they need.
I think this book sends a great message but also wasn't my favorite book I have ever read
This book has "the magic 3": Three birds were depicted as "dying".
Another wise Persian (Afghanistan) tale by poet Rumi.
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