The Little Black Fish

The Little Black Fish

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The Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions about the world and is determined to find the answers to them. Whilst all the other fish in the pond just follow each other around, too scared to do anything different, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream towards the river and on to the sea. On his adventure Little Black Fish sees many wondrous and beautiful things, encounters danger lurking around every corner and is finally faced with his ultimate challenge...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 250 x 250 x 10.16mm | 520g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • 1910328006
  • 9781910328002
  • 260,460

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Like all the best picture books, it is both simple and profound. "Perhaps," says the little black fish, "there is more to life, and perhaps the world is more than our stream!" It's a message for us all. This is a book that has been read and loved for generations in Iran, and at last the little black fish has swum to our shores. - David Almond Gorgeously illustrated in this Tiny Owl edition by Farshid Mesghali, the first ever Asian winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, The Little Black Fish has been called Iran's most famous children's book of all time. As with most animal stories it can certainly be read as an allegory and its political reading ensured that it was banned in pre-revolution Iran. You can see why the story of the little fish who defies convention (and his Mother!) swims away from the small section of the stream which confines their lives on a quest to see 'if the stream goes on and on, or whether it comes to an end.' Throughout his journey he meets other creatures who also believe that there is nowhere else beyond their own limited environment and that their way of life and their view of the world is the only way to be. - School Library Association The story has been enriched with beautiful and wonderful illustrations by Farshid Mesghali, who won the Hans Christian Andersen award for illustration in 1974. Considering the violence expressed against different ethnic groups within societies in the wider world, the message of this book is important for the peaceful coexistence of today's diverse world as it not only encourages autonomy and chasing dreams, but also respect and tolerance for others. - IBBYLink
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About Samad Behrangi

Samad Behrangi was an Azeri teacher born in Tabriz. He collected folk tales and wrote tales for children in Azeri Turkish and Persian. He was one of Iran's most influential authors and teachers. His tragically early death, rumored to have been ordered by the Iranian government, has given him a legendary status. Farshid Mesghali is an Iranian animator, graphic designer, illustrator, animator and writer. In 1974, he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator.
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9,565 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (3,029)
3 18% (1,692)
2 5% (448)
1 1% (138)
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