Shahnameh Box

If you would like borrow one of these boxes for a term please fill in a request form or contact the library directly.

The Shahnameh Box will be available from April 2019.

The Phoenix of Persia by Sally Pomme Clayton, illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif is an epic legend from Shahnameh, a collection of myths by the 10th century Iranian poet Ferdowsi. With echoes of Snow White and firebird folklore, a young prince is banished to the forest and is brought up by the benevolent phoenix Simorgh.

Storytellers in Iran would often tell the stories of Shahnameh to the accompaniment of music.
Tiny Owl’s new book The Phoenix of Persia introduces original music by Iranian musicians Nilufar Habibian, Saeid Kord Mafi, Arash Moradi and Amir Eslami, led by composer Soosan Lolavar and Dr Laudan Nooshin, set to a narration by Sally Pomme Clayton — available free to download.

To celebrate the publication of The Phoenix of Persia, our free resource The Shahnameh Box explores one of the greatest epics of world literature and its history to promote cultural understanding and a more positive image of Iran and the surrounding region for young children.

It supports creative and critical learning, the study of history and citizenship from social justice to human rights, diversity and the other key concepts of development education.

The Shahnameh Box is a free resource for schools and includes:

  • Book: The Phoenix of Persia
  • Book: Bijan and Manije
  • Book: I is for Iran
  • Ney (Iranian flute)
  • Frame drum
  • Iranian Material
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Iranian coins in a red velvet pouch
  • Dried rose petals
  • Examples of modern miniatures by Farschian and poems in Farsi by Hafez.
  • The Chain Game (laminated sheets)
  • Meet the Poet (laminated sheets)
  • Printed copies of the teacher resources (20 page booklet)

If you would like borrow one of these boxes for a term please fill in a request form or contact the library directly.

The Shahnameh Box will be available from April 2019.

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