Persian (Farsi) / Iran

(The carriage)

Hal‘atbarī, Farīda ( Khalaatbari, Farideh) (text)
Hudaj, Žīlā (Hodaee, Zhila) (illus.)
Tihrān: Šabawīz (Shabaviz), 2014 (1393 h.š.).
– [32] p.
ISBN 978-964-505-374-9

Half-orphan | Happiness | Dream | Reality | Mother / Daughter

This picture book tells the story of a half-orphan who tries to leave her daily life behind and escape into a fantasy world. Dream and reality intermingle, when the girl speaks to her dead mother and asks her, where she might be able to find the so-called wishing well. She had read about it in a fairy tale and now wants to wash her face in it and then wait for a prince in his carriage to come and pick her up. The mother comforts and reassures her that many princes are going to arrive once she is a little older. This is how she aff ectionately tries to convince her daughter that her home is in the real world and she has to try and find happiness there.

Farideh Khalaatbari’s (b. 1948) fairly short text is written in a clear language easy to understand for child readers. The straightforward style serves as an interesting contrast to Zhila Hodaee’s (b. 1954) dark, mysterious, symbolic illustrations, which fit in perfectly with the imagined dream world of the protagonist. (Age: 6+)