The Phoenix of Persia

Authored by Sally Pomme Clayton. Illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif .

About the author

Sally Pomme Clayton is a storyteller and writer. She loves to bring forgotten folk and fairy tales to life. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers, a group dedicated to promoting the importance of storytelling in all its forms. You can find out more about her on her website (see website resources).

About the illustrator

Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif was born in Tehran and is an award winning illustrator. To illustrate The Phoenix of Persia, Amin used a technique called sgraffito, which involves scratching through a layer of still-wet paint, to reveal what lies beneath.

About the book

The Phoenix of Persia is based on the Shahnameh, an epic poem from Iran, by the 10th century Iranian poet Ferdowsi. The Shahnameh would have been performed by storytellers and accompanied by musicians. This book tells the story of a mythical, phoenix-like bird, the Simorgh. The Simorgh takes care of a tiny baby, who grows up to be Prince Zal, the hero of many other stories in the Shahnameh.