The Conference of the Birds

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Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Peter S's creates his first book for adults, a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic twelfth-century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of the Birds.

In The Conference of the Birds Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator Peter S's breathes new life into this foundational Sufi poem, revealing its profound lessons.

S's's deeply felt adaptation tells the story of an ...

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Overview

Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Peter S's creates his first book for adults, a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic twelfth-century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of the Birds.

In The Conference of the Birds Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator Peter S's breathes new life into this foundational Sufi poem, revealing its profound lessons.

S's's deeply felt adaptation tells the story of an epic flight of birds in search of the true king, Simorgh. Drawn from all species, the band of birds is led by the hoopoe. He promises that the voyage to the mountain of Kaf, where Simorgh lives, will be perilous and many birds resist, afraid of what they might encounter. Others perish during the passage through the seven valleys: quest, love, understanding, friendship, unity, amazement, and death.

Those that continue reach the mountain to learn that Simorgh the king is, in fact, each of them and all of them. In this lyrical and richly illustrated story of love, faith, and the meaning of it all, Peter S's shows the pain, and beauty, of the human journey.

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781594203060
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/27/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter S's is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1949, he began his film career by winning the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. His film work is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He turned to publishing in 1984 and quickly became one of the leading artists in the field. With more than twenty books to his credit and almost as many honors, Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Most recently, in 2007, he published The Wall: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain, which was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal and was also named a Caldecott Honor Book. Peter S's was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.

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