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The Green Musician
The Green Musician
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Mythology or Legend

Price:  $16.95

ISBN:  978-1-937786-42-7
Book Size:  8" × 10"
# of Pages:  36
Language:  English



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Find out if a talented musician’s dream will come true as he devises a very unusual way for the king to hear his music. This magical tale of patience and determination shows that all good things really do come to those who wait. Stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator, Claire Ewart, gently brings this whimsical story to life. Translated and adapted by Mahvash Shahegh from the 1,000-year-old Persian epic poem the Shahnameh (the “Book of Kings”), and brightly illustrated by Claire Ewart, The Green Musician is a wonderful tale to be told to children four and older, and quite easily read by children with a 3rd-grade reading level. This multicultural story has pageantry, intrigue, humor, more than a few surprises, and all this from an ancient source. Children, parents, teachers, and librarians will find a lot to like about The Green Musician.

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  • Finalist in the “Picture Books” category of the 2015 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards
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Detailed Description of The Green Musician

If you had just one chance to achieve your dream, what would you do? In a distant kingdom lived a young musician named Barbad. His one dream was to play before the king in the royal court. But Barbad’s way was blocked by Sarkash, a jealous rival who would do anything to stop Barbad from meeting the king. But perhaps the palace wasn’t the only place to play before the king, for he loved to walk in his garden. What if Barbad was to hide in a tree for just the right moment to play?

Find out if Barbad's dream comes true in this magical tale of patience and determination, which proves that all good things really do come to those who wait. Stunning artwork from award-winning illustrator, Claire Ewart, gently brings this whimsical story to life. Here adapted by Mahvash Shahegh from a 1,000-year-old Persian story, the tale of Barbad the musician is originally found in the legendary “Book of Kings” (Shahnameh), which tells the story of the mystical past of ancient Persia. The Green Musician is a wonderful tale to be told to children four and older, and quite easily read by children with a 3rd-grade reading level. This multicultural story has pageantry, intrigue, humor, more than a few surprises, and all this from an ancient source. The “Author’s Note” that follows the story gives more background and information about the source of the tale. Children, parents, teachers, and librarians are sure to find a lot to like about The Green Musician.

AWARDS
  • Finalist in the “Picture Books” category of the 2015 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards


About the Author(s)

Mahvash Shahegh

Mahvash Shahegh is an author, educator, researcher, and translator. She wrote the Wisdom Tales book The Green Musician, which is illustrated by Claire Ewart. Dr. Shahegh translated and adapted The Green Musician from a major Persian epic poem, the Shahnameh (the “Book of Kings”). Mahvash Shahegh focused the story in the book on a small segment of the epic poem. She has managed to maintain the feel of a magical time and place long ago with vivid images of grand royal events, jealous opponents, magnificent gardens, enchanting music and the power of persistence. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Mahvash Shahegh has co-authored (with two of her colleagues) a Persian language book, and put out by IBEX Publishers, titled Learning Persian.

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Claire Ewart

Claire Ewart is a well known illustrator and author of books for children. She has illustrated books for famous authors such as Paul Fleischman (Time Train) and Tomie dePaola (The Legend of the Persian Carpet), who said of her abilities as an illustrator, “No author could ask for a more talented interpreter.” Ms. Ewart has also written and illustrated several books of her own, including One Cold Night, The Giant, and Fossil. Her rich and detailed watercolor illustrations are not only a visual treat, but, just as important, each one captures the essence of the story.

World Wisdom welcomes Claire Ewart to our list of illustrators for the Wisdom Tales Press (our children’s book imprint) book The Olive Tree, written by Elsa Marston and illustrated by Ms. Ewart. The Olive Tree is a moving story of two children from a country recovering from a war. The children are different in many ways but both share an attachment to an old olive tree growing across both of their yards.

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Reviews of The Green Musician

“Based on a thousand-year-old Persian poem, Shahegh’s retelling emphasizes the rewards of persistence and passion, and her author’s note provides additional background about the tale. Ewart’s warm, expressive watercolor illustrations add to the charmingly old-fashioned atmosphere.”
American Library Association's Booklist Magazine



“A young musician finds a clever way to play to a royal audience in this tale from ancient Persia. Drawn from Ferdowsi’s 11th-century Book of Kings, the tale describes how the dream of Barbad (a seventh-century historical figure) to become King Khosrow’s resident minstrel was blocked by the refusal of Sarkash, the jealous incumbent, to allow him into the palace. Barbad gets his audition at last, however, by painting himself green, hiding in a tree in the royal gardens, and playing from concealment until the delighted king calls him down. . . . Ewart’s watercolor illustrations are done in a realistic rather than “Persian miniature” style and set the episode amid verdant hills and rich interiors awash in candlelit gold. In this general atmosphere of peace and plenty, everyone, even Sarkash (at first), looks happy and smiles engagingly. . . . A serene, simply retold tale of dreams pursued and achieved (source and background notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8).”
Kirkus Reviews


The Green Musician receives fine color drawings by Claire Ewart and will reach ages 6 and up with a picture book story retelling a classic 1,000-year-old Persian story found in the Persian Book of Kings. Barbad the musician lives in long-ago Persia and his goal is to play before the king: something that may be impossible due to a jealous rival. His solution is unique and fosters the idea of innovation and determination for young audiences. Picture book collections strong in folk stories from around the world will find this a fine addition.”
Children’s Bookwatch, a publication of the Midwest Book Review



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