TEHRAN.(Iranart) – Four collections of stories from classic Persian literature have been simplified for children in a project done by the Tehran-based publishing house Padyab.
The project entitled “The Leaves of the Green Trees” was coordinated by Mahmud Karimpur, the publisher announced on Tuesday.
Stories from the Kelileh and Demneh abridged by Hassan Goharpur with illustrations by Maryam Zabihi have been published in one of the collections.
The collection is composed of the stories of “Imaginings of the Simple-Minded Man”, “The Fate of the Covetous” and “The Simple-Minded Camel”.
The Kalileh and Demneh is mainly a translation of an Indian book, Penchatentra written in Sanskrit and published some 1500 years ago. The original translation was done from Sanskrit into Pahlavi (Middle Persian) by Barzuyeh. Ibn Moghafaa translated it from Pahlavi to Arabic. Finally, Nasrollah Monshi translated it into Persian from Arabic. The book contains stories about animals.
Mohsen Rahabari Torbati has simplified stories from the Marzban-nameh. The book was written by Espahbod Marzban in the Hyrcanian language in the late 10th century. It was later translated into Persian by Sa’deddin Varavini during the 13th century.
“Jackal, the Donkey Rider”, “The Predatory Cat” and “The Rooster and Fox” have been selected for another collection, which has been illustrated by Zabihi.
A collection also contains the stories of “The Elephant in the Dark”, “Escape from Death” and “Mr. Morad and the Sweet-Talker” from the Masnavi-ye Manavi by the Persian poet and mystic Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi. The stories have been streamlined by Abdoljalil Karimpur. Saeideh Nosratifard is the illustrator of the collection.
Another collection carries stories from the Gulistan (The Rose Garden), Sadi’s masterpiece, which have been simplified by Pegah Sadeqi.
“The Salt of Food”, “Greed” and “The Classroom” have been selected for the collection illustrated by Nosratifard.