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The Conference of the Birds

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,220 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís creates his first book for adults, a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic twelfth-century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of the Birds. In The Conference of the Birds Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís breathes new life into this foundational Sufi poem, revealing ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Penguin Press (first published 2011)
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Richard Derus
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: In The Conference of the Birds Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís breathes new life into this foundational Sufi poem, revealing its profound lessons.
Sís's deeply felt adaptation tells the story of an epic flight of birds in search of the true king, Simorgh. Drawn from all species, the band of birds is led by the hoopoe. He promises that the voyage to the mountain of Kaf, where Simorgh lives, will be perilous and many bi
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Miglė, Virga Zinovjeva
Recommended to cypt by: Benas Arvydas
Shelves: favorites
Viena gražiausių kada nors skaitytų knygų, o gal ir pati gražiausia! Kažką išklibino viduj, vos neapsiverkiau vietomis skaitydama iš kažkokios estezės (ar sinestezės). Tas grožis net keliasluoksnis - ne šiaip sau gražūs paveiksliukai, gal tai ir atima žadą.

Peteris Sísas, Havelui skirto "Skraidančio žmogaus" gobeleno autorius, perskaitė mano irgi ką tik skaitytą Attaro "Conference of the Birds" ir visą tą poemą nupaišė. Jis apsėstas paukščių, taigi išmetė per langą visokius Attaro pasakojimus api
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I ever had a reason to ban ereaders for all of eternity, it would be this book. Peter Sis' adaptation of Farid ud-Din Attar's epic, 4500 plus line poem, The Conference of Birds, uses some of the most gorgeous images I've ever had the privilege to behold. The images some in simple hues, others in sumptuous colors, leap off the page and tell the story more than the words.

I was not familiar with the poem before this, and what little of it I have experienced by reading this adaptation, makes me
Lark Benobi
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a lovely thing to have this book in your hands. The paper is thick and textured and the pictures have a patterned rhythm that makes turning each page a joy. I really enjoy illustrations in books and reading this made me remember it. The poem is very secondary to the art in the book--just the barest thread of the story in the original poem, told in many fewer words, with the art taking on much of the burden of imparting meaning. Very enjoyable.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Бисери! В тази книга има думи, образи и идеи, които са скъпоценни и кротко бляскави като бисери, открити случайно и пазени завинаги. Разкошна е.
Merve Eflatun
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mimari
İllustrasyonları uyarlamaları oldukça huzurlu ve harika olan kitap. Tercih edilen kağıdı da ayrıca beğendim dokunma duyusunu ister istemez tetikliyor ve bu da başka bir deneyime olanak veriyor. Kuşe kullanlır genelde böyle kitaplarda ve bana pek hisli bir kağıt gibi gelmez. Bilindik bir hikaye çizime aktarıldığı için artık daha fazla tasarı boyutuna kaydığından bu hassasiyet hoşuma gitti. Gülümseyerek ve hoşnut kalarak bitirdim kitabı. Sadece font biraz rahatsız etti. Sayfaya yerleşmeleri mi yok ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I could point at anything that has brought me joy recently, any single object, it's this book. Joy for the amazing new drawings by Peter Sis. Joy that an important old Persian poem makes an appearance in a contemporary adaptation. For the sensual touch of beautiful paper. It's something to be owned, and placed next to Shaun Tan's Arrival on your shelf of most beautiful books. Simple and fluid, the images give depth to the heights of the wisdom of this medieval parable about birds in search of ...more
This is a beautifully illustrated version of what I can only say is a breath-taking 12th century Persian poem that follows a flock of birds as they set off on a quest to find the true king, Simorgh, and in doing so they find something far better. The poem itself is superbly written and really takes the reader away while the illustrations that Sis has put to the pages of this book and the words of the poem are simply beautiful and utterly inspiring. Even as an adult I found myself stretching my w ...more
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, own
Beautiful, just beautiful!
This is a profound and touching story inspired by an old 12th century Persian epic poem, accompanied by incredible illustrations! If you love birds and freedom, this is the book for you!
A lovely allegory about the meaning of life, complete with luscious illustrations. I enjoyed it.
Biblio Curious
Wow!! This book is based on the Persian Poem of the same name. This graphic novel reads like a beautifully written summary of it. The images in this book are vivid and poetic themselves. If your curious about the Persian Poem, but lack time this graphic novel is a great introduction to it's ideas. I'm very eager to read a translation of the original poem ^.^

I've got to review this one in depth!
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tkrai kvapą gniaužia! Ir ne tik nuo piešinio gerumo, bet ir nuo minties tikslumo. Visiškai, visiškai.
Kathy Bieger Roche
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults and children seeking meaning in life
When I first got my hands on The Conference of the Birds, I read it immediately, twice. This book demands, deserves and rewards thorough re-reading, so I slept on it for a few days, then spent a long time exploring and examining its detail. I will undoubtedly find more to discover every time I look at it for the rest of my life!

It's astonishing how Peter Sis were able to conceive and execute this book based on the Persian 4,500 line epic poem by Farid Ud-Din Attar, written in 1177. Sis’s pithy
I have the Penguin Classics translation of The Conference of the Birds on my to-read list but I heard about this adaptation via a recent episode of Get Booked, and decided to check it out. The focus here is very much on the gorgeous illustrations and aesthetic appeal - the pages are thick and some are textured, the colors are vivid, there are many visually pleasing patterns, etc.

The words feel like an afterthought. Sis wanted the illustrations to tell Farid ud-Din Attar's original story. Howev
С тази книжка се сблъсках случайно в едно кафене, докато си чаках кафето. Улови ме с прекрасните корици, задържа ме с очарователните илюстрации, спечели ме окончателно с посланията- в общи линии, накара ме изцяло да забравя за какво бях дошла.

Единственото ми разочарование е, че полетът на птиците ми се стори твърде кратък.

„Той е толкова близо до нас, колкото далече сме ние от него.“

„Ако видите мнозина тук, те всъщност са малцина...ако изобщо има някой.“

„Когато чувстваш празнота, разтвор
Jan 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Reviews about this book are glowing. I get that the artistry is beautiful and respect the poetry. Even the symbolism of freedom and solving our own problems is good. However, my rating is based on something I recently learned from the book "The Happiness Project"...Don't pretend to enjoy something just because you think you are supposed to. So if I am honest with myself and everyone else, this book is a little too artsy fartsy for me.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Остави ме без думи!
Но не, със сигурност ще я отбележа някъде.

"Захвърлете пристрастията си и жаждата за власт, освободете се от всичко скъпо."
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herkesin çok iyi bildiği bu destansı ve derin sufi metni kadar etkileyici çizimleri var. Asla rafa konmayan kitaplardan
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-love-love
Думите ми нe стигат да опиша колко е красива тази книга...
"Il re esiste! E' vicino a noi quanto noi gli siamo lontani. Si chiama Simurgh e vive sulla montagna di Kaf. Andiamo a cercarlo. La meta è il viaggio."
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis, an acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, has taken his skills to a 12th century Sufi epic poem of the same name written by Farid ud-Din Attar, who was not only a poet but a mystic. Often these types of poems have a hidden spiritual meaning, and Sis deftly captures the essence of Attar’s poem with illustration.

In this illustrated version of the epic poem, the pictures speak for the poet, Attar who wakes from a dream to realize he’s a hoopoe bird. O
Laura (booksnob)
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have ever read or heard of the Persian epic poem, The Conference of the Birds. This version of the poem is a visual masterpiece. The words are sparse but the artwork speaks volumes. The story begins when Attar dreams he is a hoopoe bird and calls a gathering of all the birds in the world. At the bird conference he tells them to look at all the troubles in the world and proposes a solution. The birds must go to find the true king, Simorgh, who has all the answers but he l ...more
Edward Sullivan
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, poetry
Sis's breathtaking art brings new life to the 12th century Persian epic poem. Stunningly illustrated and beautifully designed.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, gorgeous, sumptuous, and profound. Reading this illustration of the classic 12th century epic poem is a true pleasure. Peter Sis sparsely uses poetic phrases to propel the narrative. I purchased an over-sized version, first edition printing online and highly recommend owning a copy. The tactile nature of the paper is incredible. Considering a thoughtful gift for a close friend? This is a great choice.
Cheriee Weichel
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will wow you. It’s partly because of the art on the textured paper. Not only is it visually stunning, there’s a tactile component as you turn the pages that had me running my hands across the pages.
Each of the different parts has a different maze. I couldn’t help myself from stopping and winding my way through them.
Although I don’t really comprehend all parts of this poem, I think I understand the big idea. As an agnostic, it’s kind of how I expected the king to be.
Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel
Everything about this book is gorgeous. The pages are thick and textured, the art detailed and unique to Peter Sis’s unmistakable style. The folktale retold here is beautiful in itself: the birds that were hardy enough to survive the pilgrimage to find the great king learned at the end that the king is actually each of them, and all of them, speaking to the strength that lies within us and the basic spiritual tenet “the kingdom of god is within you.”
Noted children's book artist and author, Peter Sis, has released his first book for adult audiences with a brilliant adaptation of the epic poem, The Conference of the Birds, by the 12th century Sufi poet, Farid ud-Din Attar. This poem begins with the poet transforming into the hoopoe bird and determined to unite the world of warring birds in an exodus to the mountain of Kaf. The Simorgh, the true king of the birds, lives there and will be able to answer all of the birds' questions. Though at fi ...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: TLC Book Tours
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A lovely hardbound book that is mostly art and a bit of written poetic philosophizing. It’s a rendition of a twelfth-century Sufi poem and is done in predominantly fall colors with a mix of ancient and modern styles.

About: A conference of birds is led on a quest by a poet who has turned into a hoopoe bird after a disturbing dream. Gathering them together, he wishes to know the reason for all the wrongs in the world and a way to change them. But to do s
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Like everyone else who has touched this book, the first thing I'm going to gush about is just how ridiculously gorgeous it is. It's a treat to hold, a very visceral reminder to any reader of the magic contained in books. Sís' first book for adults brought out in me that feel of anticipation upon opening a book, breathless at the wonders contained, hopeful and excited. I was acutely aware of reading a book because I literally stroked the pages (the paper is textured); I poured over every image, c ...more
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PETER SÍS is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker, painter and author. Born in 1949 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in Prague. He studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. His animated work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He came to America in 1982, and now lives in New York’s Hud ...more
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