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The Phoenix of Persia | Iranian Fairytale - Alder & Alouette

The Phoenix of Persia, an Iranian Fairytale

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This Persian fairytale has been retold for a modern audience, the story of The Phoenix of Persia is one of the ancient epic stories of Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) by the 10th century poet Ferdowsi, reminiscent of the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

The Phoenix of Persia also includes an original musical score by the British-Iranian composers Dr Laudan Nooshin and Soosan Lolavar, recorded by contemporary Iranian musicians and available free to download via a QR code and website with the book. 

There, you will also find a narration of the story by Sally Pomme Clayton, set to the music and Cross-curricula teacher resources.



Stories such as these were told on the street drawing in the crowds to listen to great literary masterpieces. This oral storytelling tradition called pardekahni was, in fact, one of the most widely practiced forms of storytelling in Iran.

This dramatic form of story narration uses a large canvas, known as a parde, elaborately painted with depictions of traditional stories. The pardekhan, the storyteller, would take the canvas to public places and perform the story using the parde to highlight and accent his storytelling. This immersion of story and art would mesmerize audiences as they sought to forget their daily struggles and connect to the characters, circumstances and morals of the tale.





  • The Phoenix of Persia
    Written by Sally Pomme Clayton and illustrated by Amin Sharif.
  • Published by Tiny Owl Publishing, London, England, UK;  March 18, 2020.
  • Ages 5 to 7 years
  • 0.3" H x 10.9" L x 9.6" W (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover