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When King Balash's precious diamond is stolen, the grief-stricken king can no longer rule, and the country falls into chaos, until a clever young boy comes up with a scheme to bring the jewel's radiance back into the palace....

Title : The Legend of the Persian Carpet
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ISBN : 9780399224157
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Legend of the Persian Carpet Reviews

  • Skylar Burris
    2019-04-30 02:56

    Beautiful pictures. Held my daughter's interest. There seems to be less of an emphasis on virtue than the other legends we have read retold by the same author. A king is distracted from his duty and can only be won back to fulfilling it because a boy caters to his desire for a rainbow filled room. No lesson learned; no reformation of character. The point seems to be simply to explain the origin of the Persian carpet and nothing more, but in other legends explaining the origin of various things (The Legend of the Bluebonnet, for instance), the explanation seems peripheral to the main moral of the story, which goes deeper.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-29 05:59

    Tomie dePaola founded a publishing house devoted to multicultural folktales. This one is illustrated by someone other than himself. The artist studied Persian tapestries in order to give that effect to the illustrations. It's a gorgeous book! I wonder how closely his interpretation is to the original Persian tale?

  • K.
    2019-04-30 07:06

    The pictures are honestly what made this book a favorite for me. The illustrator does a wonderful job of showing the contrast between bright, filled rooms and empty, stark spaces.

  • Jill
    2019-05-04 07:57

    This story about a Persian king and his appreciation for a diamond was a bit odd for me. The book said his most prized possession was his large diamond, but that he wasn't a selfish man. I realize those aren't necessarily combined traits, but it just seems...different. In this story, a thief steals his beloved diamond and ends up breaking it by accident. The King is taken to wear the pieces are scattered and he vows to stay there, because the colors there are the only thing that brings his life happiness. This worries his people who fear an attack, so they ask the King to return in hopes that they can bring color back. He agrees and the weavers set to work. They produce a gorgeous rug of many colors. The King agrees to stay when he sees his room is once again lit with color. Definitely an odd book, in my opinion. The illustrations are nice, but I had a hard time really getting into the story line.

  • Victoria Schmidt
    2019-05-24 05:50

    Title: The Legend of the Persian CarpetAuthor: Tomie DePaolaIllustrator: Claire EwartGenre: LegendThemes: Beauty, Thievery, Persian culture Opening line:Many, many years ago, in the land once called Persia, there lived a kind and wise king, who was much loved by his peopleBrief book summary: There was a king who lived in Persia. His most valuable possession was a large diamond he had in his palace. He was a generous king who didn’t guard the diamond because he wanted to allow anyone to come see it whenever they wanted. A thief steals the diamond, and as he is riding away on his horse he drops the diamond shattering it. The king eventually finds the shattered pieces of the diamond and refuses to leave its new location, but this meant that the people no longer had a leader. An apprentice decides to create a beautiful carpet for the king so he’ll come back. The king realizes that the carpet is just as beautiful as the diamond was so he stays in the kingdom.Professional Recommendation/ Review #1: Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)- DePaola ( Strega Nona ) retells--but does not illustrate--a legend about the origin of the jewel-patterned Persian rug. King Balash's brilliant giant diamond is stolen by a stranger who accidentally drops it onto a rocky plain, where the jewel shatters into thousands of glittering fragments. When apprentice carpet-weaver Payem leads the ruler to the ``carpet'' formed by the dazzling fragments, the overwhelmed king refuses to leave the beautiful sight behind. To lure their leader back to his palace, Payem and his fellow apprentices weave a silk carpet as brilliantly colored as the one made of diamond. A parable of the healing powers of art, this foray into the rich culture of the Middle East is ably recounted. Ewart's illustrations, with their unremarkable compositions and stiff, look-alike figures, are less pleasing.Professional Recommendation/ Review #2: Kirkus Reviews- Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question the ease with which this one is shattered. A king, accustomed to dwelling in a light-filled room where a large diamond creates a million rainbows, is bereft when it's stolen and smashed, and thereafter takes his only pleasure in staring at the fragments, away from the subjects who need him. An apprentice weaver comes up with the idea of making a magnificent carpet that will lure the king back to his duties. It works. But, unfortunately, neither the words nor the art here convincingly suggests the lure of the diamond's prismatic play or the carpet's intricate patterns. Readers will have to take these on faith. Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient art form.Response to two professional reviews: I would say the second review is incorrect with its description of the illustrations. The diamond does lure my attention to the page as the strokes of the lines from the painting make it look like the page is shining, and it is easy to see the intricate patterns of the carpet. This line from the first review, “To lure their leader back to his palace, Payem and his fellow apprentices weave a silk carpet as brilliantly colored as the one made of diamond,” would be a better description of the illustrations.Evaluation of literary elements: The layout of the page has the text in either the lower right or left corner of one page. The illustration is displayed upon one and a half pages but stops once it reaches the text. The main character, the Persian kings, goes through an internal struggle throughout the book as he feels like he cant rule the kingdom without his diamond. He must realize that there are other things that contain beauty in the world in order to be able to take control of his kingdom once again.Consideration of instructional application: This book contains a lot of dialogue. I could use this book in a lesson to promote the writing strategy of using quotation marks when writing dialogue. I could also teach the kids the correct way to write punctuation with the dialogue of the text such as writing the comma before the quotation marks.

  • Jennifer Sauer
    2019-05-06 05:49

    What can I say? It's a Persian fairy tale- of course I loved it <3 <3

  • Josiah
    2019-05-07 06:43

    Well, illustrator Claire Ewart certainly had her work cut out for her in this book. Readers from all over the globe have had a relationship with Tomie dePaola for decades, getting to know him through his works in a way that almost never happens with any author, because he is so open with his personal family history. Tomie dePaola's stories and painting style blend so comfortably together that in the eyes of many (including myself) the two are virtually married, and it's hard to imagine anyone else being able to step in and successfully take over half the controls. In becoming the first autonomous illustrator to do the work in a Tomie dePaola book, Claire Ewart was definitely under real pressure. In my view, she came through beautifully. Some of the pictures had such glowing and unexpected tones and ideas that I came away from reading The Legend of the Persian Carpet impressed most of all by its tremendous, vivid sense of art. The story itself is an interesting one, and further continues Tomie dePaola's work in exploring folklore from distant cultures, and bringing it home in picture book form for young readers. I would grant one and a half stars to The Legend of the Persian Carpet.

  • Dolly
    2019-05-23 09:53

    When we started to read this book, we were a bit startled. A book, written by Tomie dePaola, but illustrated by someone else? How unusual! But the note at the beginning of the story explains the rationale and it makes perfect sense. And I think that the choice was wise, as the illustrator (Claire Ewart) creates a beautiful depiction of the tale. We really enjoyed reading this story together. We are working our way slowly through Tomie dePaola's vast collection of stories and we really love his books!

  • Yasmin Gomez Geng
    2019-05-15 08:48

    A beautiful diamond shines color and light throughout the palace of King Balash. Being a kind and unselfish king, every afternoon, when the light is just right, the king opens the doors to his palace to let the people come take a look at the diamond and its beautiful light.But one day, a thief takes the diamond, drops it and breaks it as he is running away.The kind king, so upset over the loss of the beautiful diamond leaves his palace to stare at the broken pieces. His people band together to make a carpet as beautiful and colorful as the diamond.Grade: 1st Grade to 3rd GradeTopic: Good/Bad Behavior, International Studies, Helping Others

  • Becky B
    2019-05-25 10:59

    When the cherished diamond of their benevolent monarch is stolen and shattered, Payam and others of Street of the Weavers, create a carpet to mimic the beauty that was destroyed. This is a beautifully illustrated folk tale. You’ve got to wonder about what kind of monarch the king really was if he was willing to give up the kingdom to look at diamond pieces all day (or why they couldn’t just build him a new castle around the place where the diamond broke)? So the story had some flaws, but it was ok.

  • Charity
    2019-05-19 11:06

    This book was fine, but it didn't really capture my kids' (or my) attention. I found the transitions a little clunky; I kept thinking I was skipping pages when I wasn't because bits seemed like they were missing. Not major plot points or bits of dialogue, just transition sentences from one scene to another. This book did prompt me to look up whether a diamond can break/shatter or not (turns out it can).

  • Lauren Suchomski
    2019-05-13 03:02

    I used this as the read aloud component for an ongoing folklore unit with second grade. It was to help show the characteristics of a legend and while my kiddos liked it- they oooed and ahhhed over the diamond and the carpet- I don't think it was the best example of a legend I could have used. Still they liked the story and it was nice to get a legend that took place in a drastically different culture.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-17 07:01

    How strange to read a Tomie dePaola book that he didn't illustrate! Still, it's a nice story, and the illustrations, by Claire Ewart, are lovely watercolors.This is a good story for anyone who wants to read about Persia and/or beautiful Persian carpets. For me, this was a "once is enough" read.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-16 02:41

    This book was about a king who had the biggest diamond in the world. He was a wonderful king but is broken-hearted when the diamond is stolen from the palace. He finds it smashed on the rocks and sits there looking at it for days. A young peasant boy comes up with a solution. They could make a beautiful carpet to fill the palace with color and it works! The king comes back. ;Joe

  • Sandybear76
    2019-05-24 03:02

    I read to a second grade class. Their teacher had been doing a unit on Tomie DePaola but had missed this one. It is in our library with the fables and fairy tales, unlike many of his other books found in the easy fiction section. The students enjoyed the story. I hadn't read it before. DePaola didn't illustrate this book so that was a bit different on his part.

  • Tara Geske
    2019-04-27 08:00

    This was not one of my favorite books. The story didn't really catch me and I kind of became bored reading it. However, the pictures were very pretty and depicted the story very well. The children would like having the pictures so closely represent the story because they would be able to understand the whole story just by looking at the pictures.

  • Jean-Marie
    2019-05-10 05:56

    This a great picture book explaining the legend behind the origin of the jewel-patterned Persian carpet. And it is the first time someone other than Tomie dePaola has illustrated one of his books. Claire Ewart more than aptly handled the job. Her illustration are beautiful -- bright and bold. She selected the perfect colors to tell the story.

  • Jen Rothmeyer
    2019-04-26 08:50

    Not written in a way to make you engage with any of the characters. Not that interesting.

  • Kristine
    2019-05-26 03:57

    This was a great book! It really shows that no matter how big or small you are you can always find a solution to a problem. Great lesson for children of all ages.

  • Amanda Connelly
    2019-05-17 02:41

    Good for history purposes. For older students in elementary school. Shows children a different kind of fairy tail that they are not used to.

  • Gianni Llano
    2019-05-16 02:45

    I loved the illustrations of the book. It was a great story about the upcoming of the Persian Carpet.