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The Lion Tattoo : A Tale by Rumi

Maleki Joo, Atefeh
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd
Published: October 16, 2017
ISBN: 9781910328286
24 pages, 12 Illustrations, color


The Lion Tattoo is a tale from Masnavi, one of the best-known and most influential works by the thirteenth century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Rumi. The story begins with a young man who decides that he wants a lion tattoo on his shoulder. Perhaps because he wants to be big and strong – or maybe so he’s always got someone watching his back.

But as the tattooist begins her work, he feels the pain of the needle and decides that his lion doesn’t need a tail…or a mane…or a stomach. But who’s ever heard of a lion like that?! Finally, the tattooist has enough of his complaints and throws him out: “Brother, you just can’t stand the pain…” Tiny Owl’s new series celebrates picture books for older readers and the art of visual narrative

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