It's a pleasure and an honor of mine as a blogger to be sent children's books for review purposes. I can't get enough of reading to my boys and they love a new book. I especially love finding new (to me) authors and supporting smaller publishers.
I disovered Tiny Owl Books on Instagram of all places. Tiny Owl are a husband and wife team, Karim Arghandehpour and Delaram Ghanimifard. They live in London currently but wanted to creating a publishing house that would reflect the culture of their home country, Iran and a variety of cultures from around the world.
We were sent a copy of A Bird Like Himself by Anahita Teymorian an Iranian autor/illustrator. Anahita's story is all about parental love and growing up.
The basic story is that one day a large egg is left in a forest. A chick hatches out but there is no mother there to look after him. Instead, he is found by a mixed group of animals who all try their best to bring the chick up in different ways. All of the animals love the chick but the one thing they are unable to teach him is how to fly.
I don't want to spoil the story and give it all away but it is an adorable tale. The illustrations are beautiful, striking and quite different. The colours are bold but there is also a good use of black and white making them very eye-catching for even young children. My boys enjoy the story itself. Anything that reaffirms love for a "child" is a good thing. I like how the story shows how the chick grows though. Love and support mean that he is, eventually, able to spread his wings!
All in all, a great little read. I love the ethos behind Tiny Owl and hope they go from strength to strength!