Planet Picture Book

Archive - September 2017

The Parrot and the Merchant

Mah Jahan is a merchant who collects beautiful birds on her travels and keeps them in cages or chains. On one of her trading expeditions, she seeks out advice for her favourite parrot, but it proves to have unexpected consequences that make her...

Iran

When I started this picture book journey a few months ago, I knew very little about children’s literature from Iran, or Persia as it was historically known. It has been a wonderful experience finding out more. Iran has a rich oral tradition of...

Phoenix Song

Arohan wants a guitar for his birthday but his parents cannot afford one and he receives a flute instead. He is a talented player and, one day, his gift enables him to summon help for his brothers who have been swallowed up by the bamboo grove...

Legendary Princesses of Malaysia

This is a collection of ten illustrated stories about Malaysian princesses – both mythical princesses who live in the clouds, on mountain peaks or under the sea, and real historical figures. Covers count! Yes, they really do make a difference...

Puteri Tioman: The Green Turtle

Puteri Tioman is a green turtle returning to Tioman Island off the coast of Malaysia to lay her eggs. This picture book is the story of her life cycle and the dangers she faces at every stage of her journey. I haven’t ventured much into the...