The Conference of the Birds

The Conference of the Birds Retold by Alexis York Lumbard Illustrated by Demi

The Conference of the Birds

 This is a beautiful children’s book of faith and belief. A work of Persian Sufi poetry that is said to be "the most outstanding of these works is the Mantiq al-Tayr (translated usually as The Conference of the Birds) by Farid al-Din Attar, the 12th century Persian Poet who is one of the greatest figures in the history of Sufi poetry..."

My son was engrossed in the story and asked questions about a lot of the lessons. He asked why the birds didn't think they had a king. He wondered why some of the birds were anxious to fly to find their king while others were not. It was a fun adventure to take with him and be able to discuss our beliefs and faith together.

The Illustrations alone are worth a look. I loved all the birds. Of course "the bird with black-tipped feathers on her head and a sacred prayer inscribed upon her beak..." is my favorite, the "O honorable hoopoe." She is the true believer and leads those with doubt to faith.