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
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,
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.
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