Persian (Farsi) / Iran

Qissahā-i gunğiškī
(Sparrow stories)

Yūsufī, Nāsir ( Yousefi , Naser) (text)
‘Abd-Alāhī, Mitrā (Abddollahi, Mitra) (illus.)
Tihrān: Našr-i Paidāyiš (Peydayesh),
2013 (1392 h.š.). – 60 p.
ISBN 978-964-349-999-0

Everyday life | Feeling | Sparrow | Short story | Animal story

Naser Yousefi has received several national and international literature awards. His books for children and young adults, among them novellas, fables, and literary fairy tales, oft en focus on topics such as peace and friendship as well as solidarity between family members, within a school class, and in society in general.

This volume contains seven short stories about the everyday life of sparrows, with which the author shares a special bond, as he explains in the foreword. He sees them as his friends or even relatives, as creatures with which he can speak openly and share secrets. Thus, the sparrows in this book possess something truly human. Yousefi writes about their fear of human beings and their daily struggle to survive. With a touch of melancholy, he relates how the little birds lead a cheerful and relaxed life despite multiple dangers. The texts are accompanied by simple, vignette-like blackand-white drawings by well-known illustrator Mitra Abddollahi. (Age: 6+)