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The Rich Man and the Parrot [Hardcover]

Suzan Nadimi , Ande Cook


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Jan. 1 2007
Once there was a wealthy merchant who loved all his possessions, but his favorite by far was the talking parrot who entertained him with old legends and tall tales. The merchant surrounded the parrot with a beautiful garden and fountains, but he kept the parrot locked in a golden cage, fearful that one day the parrot would fly away.

One day the merchant left for India. His parrot asked that he deliver a message to his brothers in the jungle. "Tell them I often think of the days when we flew freely from branch to branch-and please, Master, bring me back their reply." So the merchant traveled to India. He delivered the parrot's message, and then watched in dismay as each of the birds fell lifeless to the ground. What would his pet make of this reply?

This tale from the thirteenth century Persian poet Rumi has a clever twist sure to delight young readers. Suzan Nadimi, who retells this tale, lives in North Carolina; the illustrator Ande Cook lives in Georgia.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (Jan. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807550590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807550595
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 27.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #968,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—This simple adaptation of an ancient Middle Eastern parable reads easily and sends a salient message. Unfortunately the stark, unappealing artwork detracts from the book. In the tale, a wealthy Persian merchant prizes a talking parrot over all of his other possessions. The bird longs for freedom, but the merchant politely refuses. When the man sets out on a trip to India, he agrees to deliver a message to the parrot's brothers. He completes his business and visits the jungle, where—after conveying the message—the parrot's brothers fall instantly from the trees as though dead. The merchant tells his prisoner the sad news as soon as he gets home—whereupon the caged parrot falls down, too. However, the moment the man opens the door to remove the "dead" bird, he flutters to life and makes his escape, grateful to his brothers for the getaway plan they sent via his captor. Despite the bright colors, the illustrations are strangely bland. The shades of green, purple, blue, and yellow that predominate have the same flat, uniform density and appearance of a child's marker set. Consider this a sound purchase for the value of the relatively obscure (and culturally rich) story it tells.—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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From Booklist

A timeless Persian folktale once told by the famous thirteenth-century poet Rumi is retold again in this attractive picture book. A rich, powerful merchant loves his parrot, which came from India. The bird tells him old legends and tall tales, and the merchant indulges the parrot's every wish--except for its dearest one: that it be freed from its cage. When the merchant travels to India, the parrot asks its master to convey greetings to its brothers in the jungle and bring back their reply. The trick they play on the merchant shows their^B sibling the way to freedom. The language is simple ("How was your trip?" the parrot asks), and the clear double-page spreads in brilliant colors are equally effective in depicting both the gorgeous bird locked up in lavish splendor and the jungle setting. The triumph of the small trickster that outwits the powerful authority will have strong appeal for children. Hazel Rochman
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5.0 out of 5 stars rich man and the parrot May 12 2007
By anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An excellent children's book to introduce them to mid-east culture.

Beautifully done art work.

Very appealing to young readers.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic reinterpretation of an old Persian Fable March 27 2010
By Kaveh Adel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Rich Man and the Parrot" explores the age old question of exercising one's own power over others without regards for their basic rights. The beauty and freedom inside far outweighs the superficial haves where we sacrifice "having" things for our freedoms. The author, Suzan Nadimi, expertly navigates and modernizes the language and the poetry of the famed Persian Poet, Rumi. She balances morality with reality. I have to admit, as a writer and illustrator, I was truly touched by its beauty lyrically and artistically (kudos to Ande Cook's for the magical illustrations.) My 4 year old son was also mesmerized for a month by this book where we read it every night and to this day at least once a week! He would always wait until the end and repeat the moral of the story about the reasons why Parrot did what it did (without giving away the ending)It takes skill to teach a very complex moral lesson at such an early age. I wished there were more works released by this wonderful team of talented writer and illustrator. Highly recommend it since the message is universal and transcends boundaries of culture and country.

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