The Conference of the Birds (Paperback)

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For starters, I love the way the pages of The Conference of the Birds feel. And I love the page following the beginning of "Part III - In which the birds fill all the corners of the world." And the birds fill all the corners of the blue page - they are searching for the true king, Simorgh. I love the Tibetan symbols blended into Peter Sís's drawings - they speak of his father's journeys. I love the Hoopoe Bird's comments - "Everyone has ups and downs, little bird. Fly ... clean your heart." This book is an artistic masterpiece. Peter Sis loves to draw pictures of flying - freedom and birds. He took a story by Farid Ud-Din Attar and adapted and illustrated it. Thank you for your most beautiful creation, Mr. Sís. - Pinna

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An award-winning author and illustrator offers a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the beloved Sufi poem

Celebrated children’s book creator Peter Sis presents his first book for adults with The Conference of the Birds—a lyrical and richly illustrated story of love, faith, and the beauty of the human journey. Sis’s deeply felt version of the classic twelfth-century Persian epic poem tells the story of a flock of birds in search of the true king, Simorgh, who lives on the mountain of Kaf. Drawn from all species, the flock travels through the seven valleys: quest, love, understanding, detachment, unity, amazement, and death. The birds that endure reach the mountain to learn a profound lesson: that Simorgh the king is, in fact, each of them and all of them.

About the Author

Peter Sis is the author of more than twenty books and the seven-time recipient of the New York Times Book Review's Best Illustrated Book of the Year award. He lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143124245
ISBN-10: 0143124242
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 29th, 2013
Pages: 160
Language: English