Saturday, May 17, 2014

Two Parrots by Rashin

This is a Rumi tale redone with new illustrations by Rashin.  The fairy tale is fun, the colors and illustrations are eye popping.

Smith Publicity and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published June 1st, so check with your local bookstore for a copy then.

The main character is a merchant, who travels a lot and has many friends.  One friend gives him a parrot as a gift.  He loves the parrot, gives it good food and visits with it, but it's still sad.  When he asks why, the parrot asks him to seek out his friend.  The merchant does.  When he delivers his message, the bird falls over dead!

He doesn't want to tell his parrot the bad news, but there's no way to avoid it.  When he does, his bird falls over dead.  He sadly takes him out in his garden to bury him.  Imagine his surprise when his parrot flies away and joins his friend who is waiting for him in a tree.  His parrot tells him his friend did send him a message; he taught him how to escape his cage...

I find this a fascinating tale.  Parrots are very smart birds and this tale believable to me.  Parrots need exercise and space, a cage is just too small.  Now the merchant shares his bird's time outside when it comes to visit, a much better solution.

Happy reading.

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