The Secret Message (Hardcover)

By Mina Javaherbin, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)

Disney-Hyperion, 9781423110446, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2010



Alone, imprisoned in a golden cage, and far from the jungles of home, a parrot longs to escape. Will he ever fly free again?
Based on a poem by the ancient Persian philosopher Rumi, The Secret Message is a funny story of surprising twists, powerful solidarity, exotic travels, and a simple wish fulfilled. This witty tale, told with humor and vibrant images, will enchant young readers as it introduces them to the culture, literature, and history of Persia.

About the Author

MINA JAVAHERBIN ( was born in Iran and has studied the literature, architecture, and history of Persia extensively. She is the author of the picture book "Goal," illustrated by A.G. Ford. Ms. Javaherbin lives and writes in California.

BRUCE WHATLEY is one of Australia's best-loved and most-respected author illustrators, with more than fifty books to date, many of which earned special honors from the Children's Book Council of Australia. His books include the enormously successful and award-winning "Diary of a Wombat, " written by Jackie French, and its companion volumes, The Secret World of Wombats and How to Scratch a Wombat.