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Pea Boy: and other stories from Iran

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Iran is a country of mountains striped with snow, dense forests where bears and lynxes still roam, deserts, bazaars . . . but above all it has stories — of fairies and demons, of a monstrous metal eagle called the okab, of romantic cockroaches and foolish weavers. During her travels in that large and diverse country, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered a we ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (first published 2010)
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Betsy
Jul 09, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
I love my job. You would too if you were me. I work in the main branch of New York Public Library in the most beautiful children's room imaginable. More to the point, I profit off the talents of the children's librarians that have come before me. Thanks to their efforts over the last century, my room is privy to a large, lush, fantastic folktale/fairytale section. That means that when a parent or teacher comes in and says, "I need all your Aztec folktales!," I can actually provide them with what ...more
Heather
The stories are all well done, but the artwork is really spectacular. It is a combination of colored pencil, watercolor, and collage that is absolutely lovely. Some of the stories are similar to stories from other cultures, but The Giant Okab was entirely new to me. It was a very enjoyable collection, and the picturebook format with color illustrations makes this a more accessible and interesting title than Laird's A Fistful of Pearls.
Gwen the Librarian
Nov 03, 2010 Gwen the Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
As with any collection of folklore, some stories resonated with me more than others, but I really enjoyed this diverse collection of tales. Some tales were similar to Western tales and others were unique to me. The illustrations aren't great, but this is a welcome collection for any folklore library.
Maria Longley
I enjoyed the retelling of Iranian folk stories and the accompanying illustrations. The Miss Cockroach story amused me particularly (as I had been discussing these insects earlier that day with colleagues) and there was a nice spread of tales.
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Shelves: folklore
Adaptations of Iranian folklore. Tales include: Miss Cockroach and Mr Mouse, The Giant Okah, Kayvan the Brave, The Sparrow's Quest, Pea Boy, The Prophet Khizir, and The Cloth of Eternal Life.
Victoria
Sep 01, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Lively folk tales introduce the beauty of Iran – the place and its people. A little bit of magic. A little bit of the weird. Lots of humour. Just delightful.
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Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. Her father was a ship's surgeon; both he and Laird's mother were Scottish. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School.
When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia. She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though
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