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The Knight, the Princess and the Magic Rock

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Today takes us on a journey into ancient Persia via a 1000 year-old tale. The Knight, the Princess, and the Magic Rock is beautifully retold by Sara Azizi. This Wisdom Tales Press story is adventurous and exciting as it unfolds into something that is much more than meets the eye. Rich with symbolism, this timeless tale will is a gateway to opening explorations about heroism, the king’s all-knowing cup, and the power of secret potions.

“Once upon a time in the enchanted land of Persia, a brave knight fell in love with a beautiful princess from an enemy land.”

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When farmers of the Great King’s land come to the king expressing their concern over boars ravaging their land, the king sends one of his best knights, a man named Bijan, to their aid. On his journey home, he sees the beautiful Manijeh from a window it was love at first sight. There’s one little problem however, Manijeh is the princess of the enemy of Persia, and when her King discovers Bijan, she is banished from her home and kingdom, and he is thrown into a hole in an unknown place, covered by a magic rock that no one can lift. Though their future looks bleak, Manijeh stays with Bijan and searches for someone who can lift the rock.

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In the meantime, the Persian King wonders where his knight is. When he learns of Bijan’s capture, he sends his best knight, Rostam, to save him. Is Rostam that powerful ? Will his brilliant plan work ? Will Bijan ever see Manijeh again ?

We’ll just have to travel to Persia via The Knight, The Princess and the Magic Rock. I know you’re going to enjoy this really wonderful book.

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Background: The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock was written about 1000 AD by the Persian poet Ferdowsi. It is one of the stories in a collection called Shahnameh or “Book of Kings”. This very famous work is composed of 60,000 verses and is the national epic poem of Persia. Along with the story we’re sharing here, the “Book of Kings” tells the mythical past of Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic empire in the 7th century.

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Something To Do:

We wanted to explore the idea of Magic Rocks for ourselves. Instead of one big magic rock, we focused our skills on smaller ones by making story stones.

What you’ll need:

  • Little rocks. If you can’t find enough for this activity you can find them at any craft store in the florist section.
  • Permanent Markers like Sharpies or Bic markers

We decorated rocks by spelling out the names of the various characters in the book.

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We also drew a variety of pictures and symbols on stones.

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Find a favorite storytelling place with a flat surface or bring your own flat surface. Read the story to your children and have them move the stones forward to tell that part of the story. After telling the story a few time. Take the story stones and see if you child can retell the story using them. The third part of our story stone adventure has to do with letting them tell their very own made up story using the stones.

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Here’s a very wonderful coloring page.

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Get your copy of this delightful book here. Happy Reading and Enjoy !!

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