The Conference of the Birds

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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The 12th century Sufi book of poetry The Conference of Birds is regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, but remains largely unknown among western readers. This illustrated version by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Peter Sis promises to help disperse that neglect. In his hands, this poem about thirty birds that go in search of god imparts its subtle spiritual message in vivid and touching ways. Worthy of crossover readership.

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A MacArthur Fellow and Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator, Brno-born Sís can create breathtaking images. Here he offers his first book for adults, which illustrates a key Sufi poem. Led by a hoopoe, a band of birds flies through the valleys of quest, love, understanding, friendship, unity, amazement, and death in search of the true king, Simorgh. What they find is even more remarkable. Not just a gift book; with a national tour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124245
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 405,362
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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.
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