Rumi Poet of joy and love

Rashin Kheiriyeh

Book - 2024

Even the greatest poet was once a child. And so it was with Rumi. When he was young he was enchanted by birds and books. He later became a scholar, but it was the loss of his best friend, Shams, that inspired Rumi to his most important realization: Love is in us and everywhere. The Persian mystic and poet Rumi is one of the best known and most widely read poets in the world. The renowned illustrator Rashin Kheiriyeh herself comes from Iran. With this picture book she creates a touching memorial to Rumi's wisdom and warmth. The strong colors and ornamental details transport us to the Persian Empire in the 13th century. Yet Rumi's story and his poetry are timeless. The Persian mystic and poet Rumi is one of the best known and most w...idely read poets in the world. The renowned illustrator Rashin Kheiriyeh herself comes from Iran. With this picture book she creates a touching memorial to Rumi's wisdom and warmth. The strong colors and ornamental details transport us to the Persian Empire in the 13th century. Yet Rumi's story and his poetry are timeless. Written by award-winning Iranian-American artist Rashin Kheiriyeh,this narrative nonfiction picture book has been published to honor his life and the 750th anniversary of his death. -- Publisher's website

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Children's Room New Shelf jBIOGRAPHY/Rumi (NEW SHELF) Due May 10, 2024
Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Published
New York North-South Books 2024.
Language
English
Main Author
Rashin Kheiriyeh (author)
Physical Description
40 unnumbered pages color illustrations 29 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8
ISBN
9780735845442
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Review by Booklist Review

To commemorate the 750th anniversary of the great Sufi mystic's death (not his birth, as stated in the afterword), Iranian illustrator Kheiriyeh lavishes the pages of this picture-book profile with luminous images of flowers, delicately drawn wildlife, and gracefully posed human figures in either elaborate period dress or the tall hats and long, plain skirts of the whirling Sama ceremony he is credited with establishing. In her simply written narrative, she follows Rumi as he dances his way from nature-loving child with "so many questions" through the loss of his beloved friend and spiritual teacher Shams to the dream in which his mother inspired him to find peace in writing and telling stories by handing him a feather pen. Unlike author Demi in the similarly sumptuous Rumi: Whirling Dervish (2009), Kheiriyeh only glancingly alludes to Rumi's words and major works rather than quoting full verses, but she does supply some recommended translations for readers nonetheless tempted to immerse themselves in some of the world's most enduring poetry and storytelling.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

An enthralling introduction to the 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic. Young Rumi grew up with a fondness for birds, nature, and books, as well as curiosity about the world around him. He loved the epic poem "The Conference of the Birds," in which a group of birds seek the mythical Simurgh to be their king, and he often reflected upon the story's mystical implications. As he grew older, he became a sought-after scholar and teacher. Rumi befriended another spiritual teacher, Shams, and began to consider friendship, love, and God. In celebration, he would dance the Sama, raising his hands to the sky and spinning in joyous circles. Rumi's students, however, became jealous of Shams and forced him to leave. Bereft, Rumi turned to writing. His collection of reflections became his masterpiece, The Masnavi. This absorbing narrative traces Rumi's childhood inspirations and life-changing events. Though the parts about mysticism are a bit clunky at times, the focus is on Rumi's childhood and his stories written for children, which will spark readers' curiosity about his works and their deeper meaning. The gorgeous illustrations, rendered in bright vivid colors with stylized nature-inspired details, feature traditional Persian clothing, motifs, and calligraphy. A beautifully rendered biography that will spur readers to contemplate themes of love and connection. (author's note, biographical information on Rumi) (Picture-book biography. 4-8) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.