The Secret Message by Mina Javaherbin

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Alone, imprisoned in a golden cage, and far from the jungles of home, a parrot longs to escape. Will he ever fly free again?
Based on a poem by the ancient Persian philosopher Rumi, The Secret Message is a funny story of surprising twists, powerful solidarity, exotic travels, and a simple wish fulfilled. This witty tale, told with humor and vibrant images, will enchant young readers as it introduces them to the culture, literature, and history of Persia.

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Author Bio: MINA JAVAHERBIN ( was born in Iran and has studied the literature, architecture, and history of Persia extensively. She is the author of the picture book Goal, illustrated by A.G. Ford. Ms. Javaherbin lives and writes in California. Illustrator Bio: BRUCE WHATLEY is one of Australia’s best-loved and most-respected author–illustrators, with more than fifty books to date, many of which earned special honors from the Children's Book Council of Australia. His books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volumes, The Secret World of Wombats and How to Scratch a Wombat.
Published October 26, 2010 by Hyperion Book CH. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Based on a poem by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi that Iranian-born Javaherbin heard from her father as a bedtime story, this adaptation offers an environmental message that will resonate with today’s readers.

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When he delivers this news back at home, his parrot collapses, too, and the anguished merchant removes him from his cage—whereupon the parrot flies away, "...thanks to the message from my friends in India!"

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