Determined to help her family earn more money than what she makes selling rugs at the local bazaar, Bahar decides to become a fortune teller. After all, how hard could it be? After she stumbles into some early fortune telling success, the king summons Bahar to the palace to be his new fortune teller. How will she get herself out of trouble now?
Rashin Kheiriyeh is an award-winning artist, author, and animation director who has illustrated over eighty children’s books internationally, including Saffron Ice Cream, which she also wrote. She won the Sendak Fellowship Award in 2017 and the Bologna Book Fair Ragazzi Award in 2009. Rashin was born in Khorramshahr, Iran, in 1979. Since she was a little girl, her great passion was to become an artist. The beauty of Persian rugs and her interest in astrology inspired her to write and illustrate Bahar, the Lucky. She now lives in Washington, D.C., where she teaches art at the University of Maryland and enjoys illustrating for The New York Times, Google and many amazing publishers around the world.
★ The granddaughter of a rug weaver from Iran takes inspiration from his craft to compose her own gorgeous tapestry, part folktale and all heart. Bahar and her mother feel blessed that the girl’s rug weaving skills are enough to cover their daily portion of wheat and milk. One day, Bahar visits the town baths and lets out a laugh at a most inopportune moment—when the chief fortune-teller’s wife is on the premises. Bahar, paying attention to the wealth of the woman, decides her rug-weaving days are over and that she will try her hand at fortune-telling. With this decision comes a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and mischief as Bahar fakes her way to the top. This will be a story hour favorite from its first reading, and the fact that Bahar continues to face ever higher stakes as she bemoans her bad decision will have listeners leaning in for every suspenseful moment. The slate blue, vivid red, and gold folkloric paintings provide a sumptuous backdrop in the beautiful city of Kashan, a setting that can be pored over almost endlessly. VERDICT Kheiriyeh’s original tale is surprising and funny every step of the way, and sure to be a hit.