These four stories were first published in separate volumes and limited editions in 1983. They were widely received among the growing number of Persian immigrants and their American friends. The books were quickly sold out and had remained out of print until now when it was decided to combine them into one convenient volume.
Amoo Norooz is the story of the coming of the Persian new year, Norooz, which begins on the twenty-first of March, the first day of spring. Norooz is celebrated in Iran (Persia), Afghanistan, countires around the Persian Gulf, Turkey, parts of China, among the Parsi’s in India, and some former Soviet Republics such as Tajikistan, Uzbakistan, and Azerbaijan, to name a few. Like Santa Clause, who symbolizes Christmas and New Year for the Christians, Amoo Norooz is the symbol of the New Year for the Persians and those nations who have been influenced by the Persian civilization throughout history. This is one of the oldest tales passed down from generation to generation, keeping the tradition of Persian New Year alive. Because of the importance of this story, the publisher decided to print it in a bilingual, English-Persian, format.
The Tale of Ringy, is the story of a young bird with a ring of feathers around his neck, and so the name “Ringy.” In this story, which is told and translated in poetry style, Ringy learns a valuable lesson about team work. One morning Ringy finds a cotton boll and brings it to his father. His father tells him that indeed this cotton boll is used to make a gown. Seeing the astonished look on Ringy’s face, he sends him off into the world to discover for himself how, by cooperation and division of tasks between the spinner, the weaver, the dyer, and the tailor, this cotton boll ultimately is turned into a gown.
The Crystal Flower and the Sun is an original story written by Fardideh Farjam. This story was awarded a prize by the National Commission of Unesco in Japan in 1970. The story is about friendship and coexistence between two diametrically opposite elements; one made of frozen water, and the other the source of energy for all living things on our planet.
Bastoor is a stirring tale for children inspired by a passage in the ancient epic of Iran (Persia), the Shahnameh, or The Epic of the Kings, written by the poet Ferdowsi in tenth-century. This is the story of a young boy who takes the place of his fallen father in the battlefield. His bravery results in the saving of Iranian independence from foreign invaders.--A.K. Jabbari