The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis
Publisher: The Penguin Press
Publication date: October 27, 2011
Hardcover: 160 pages
On the library stacks: Adult fiction
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Based on a 12th century poem, this parable is beautiful in its simplicity and gorgeous in its illustrations.
This book takes us on a journey with a group of birds on their epic flight. The birds are trying to find their true king. But some realize that a journey like this will force them to give up some of their comforts and they resist. Some perish when they pass through the seven valleys of quest, love, understanding, detachment, unity, amazement and death. But in the end, those that have chosen to complete the journey and survived learn that the true king is each of them and all of them.
Reading this book is a pleasure. The colors are joyful, the texture of the pages is high quality, and the story resonates profoundly with our human experience. It's an uplifting read that I can easily recommend.
Peter Sis is a Caldecott Honor-winning children's author and illustrator. This is his first book for adults.
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Source: I received this book from the publisher as part of the TLC Book Tour.
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