The Conference of the Birds

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The Conference of the Birds

By Peter Sis; Peter Sais

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143124245, 160pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

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.

About the Author
Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.