The Conference of the Birds

By Peter Sis
(Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594203060, 160pp.)

Publication Date: October 27, 2011

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Description
Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Peter SIs 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 SIs breathes new life into this foundational Sufi poem, revealing its profound lessons.

SIs'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 SIs shows the pain, and beauty, of the human journey.




About the Author
Peter Sis is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a two-time Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree, and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal twice. Peter's books, "Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei", T"ibet through the Red Box", and "The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain" were all named Caldecott Honor books by the American Library Association. "The Wall" was also awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal.

In addition, Peter Sis is the first children's book illustrator to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. He was chosen to deliver the 2012 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture for the Association for Library Service to Children. Peter won the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award. This award is considered the most prestigious in international children's literature, given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People.

Peter Sis lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.

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