Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran

Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran

By Elizabeth Laird; Shirin Adl (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Ltd, Hardcover, 9781845079123, 61pp.

Publication Date: February 2010


Iran is a country of mountains striped with snow, dense forests where bears and lynxes still roam, deserts, bazaars . . . but above all it has stories of fairies and demons, of a monstrous metal eagle called the okab, of romantic cockroaches and foolish weavers. During her travels in that large and diverse country, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Laird has gathered a wealth of stories, and here she retells, in her own inimitable style, some of its best. This book is an exciting insight into a people with an ancient and rich culture, making an important contribution to international understanding as well as being a rewarding book in itself. Beautifully illustrated by a gifted young artist who was brought up in Iran, Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran is a feast for the eye and the ear.

About the Author
Elizabeth Laird has written numerous illustrated books for children inspired by ageless stories from Asia and Africa, including "Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings", "Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran", and "A Fistful of Pearls and Other Stories from Iraq". She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal in Literature. Elizabeth lives in Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom.