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From the author of Persepolis, comes this illustrated fairy tale. Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant's daughter to a...

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From the author of Persepolis, comes this illustrated fairy tale. Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant's daughter to a secret and distant palace.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936393466
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Edition description: All Ages
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 9 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She lived in Iran during the fall of the Shah, the Iranian Revolution, the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq War, before her family fled to Europe. She later returned to study at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran. Her graphic novel autobiography, Persepolis, describing her childhood in Iran and adolescence in Europe, became a critically acclaimed worldwide success, winning the Coup de Coeur Award at the 2001 Angoulême International Comics Festival. She co-directed an animated adaptation of her autobiography with Vincent Paronnaud, which won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She is also the author of Chicken with Plums (Pantheon Books) and Monsters are Afraid of the Moon (Bloomsbury).

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    Beautiful book with meaningful lessons, befit more for teens, young adult and an adult audience.

    When I decided to give The Sigh a review I was not completely sure what the book was about other than it was sort of a fairy tale. The Sigh is an edgy sort of a Cinderella type story but slightly more on the darker side. The main character, Rose, has three sisters with her being the most beautiful of the bunch. The girl's mother has died and the father Papa, who is a merchant, travels to far-away lands and brings his daughters gifts on his return. At the beginning of the story upon his return home from a long journey, their Papa was not able to find the gift Rose had requested. Upon hearing this Rose lets out an "ah," which brings a creepy character named "Ah the Sigh" to their door.

    This fable teaches a few lessons. One of which is not judging others by what you only see with your eyes instead of your heart. Others Rose learns along the way are to leave imperfections alone, and also perseverance. This is a beautiful hardcover book and the illustrations are quite unique including the one of the character "Ah the Sigh." I give major credit to the author, Marjane Satrapi, for her combination of the fable and fine artwork and illustrations. As you do not come across many authors who also illustrate their own books. Although this book is not very long and listed for ages 8 and up. I do feel due to some situations in the book I would only recommend this for the teens and even adults who love to read unique fables. As most younger children would not understand the meaning behind the messages and might be afraid of the little ugly character who in the end....well you will have to find that out for yourself.

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