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Little Parisa--Farsi for "like an angel"--goes to bed one night only to be shaken from sleep by an earthquake that rocks her home of Bam, Iran. Frightened and alone--the earthquake has left her town deserted--Parisa knocks on the doors of various animals, only to be rebuffed again and again. Boar accuses her of being a hunter; Owl blames her for taking his food and leavingLittle Parisa--Farsi for "like an angel"--goes to bed one night only to be shaken from sleep by an earthquake that rocks her home of Bam, Iran. Frightened and alone--the earthquake has left her town deserted--Parisa knocks on the doors of various animals, only to be rebuffed again and again. Boar accuses her of being a hunter; Owl blames her for taking his food and leaving him hungry. Lion just gives a ferocious roar. Left with nothing but her resolve, Parisa turns to the most natural of human instincts: She walked as a human child under the sun. She dances. She laughs. She waters neglected flowers. She shares. And one by one, her generous spirit inspires the animals around her to put aside their differences and revel in the simple delights that unite them. Donna Jo Napoli's accomplished storytelling is beautifully complemented by Gabi Swiatkowska's dramatic oil paintings to celebrate the courage and fortitude of the human spirit....

Title : The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale
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ISBN : 9781423104483
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale Reviews

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-03-10 03:55

    Ok, I just didn't get this story at all. Didn't make any sense. It starts out with a little Iranian girl, Parisa, falling asleep and being awoken by an earthquake. Then she tries to find survivors, but all she encounters are animals who are mean and threatening. Are the animals supposed to stand for other people, each fighting to survive, every man for himself? Then she decides to, by herself, recreate culture, with music, dancing, cooking, and laughter. When she does so, the animals become friendly and join in. Is this an allegory for the way people behave in times of disaster? I don't know. A note at the end of the book says that Parisa's words allude to sayings of the 13th century Persian mystic, Rumi. Maybe the story is trying to show how people should behave during a disaster. Beats me. Little kids might find the story amusing. I just found it confusing.

  • MissInformation
    2019-03-09 21:00

    This is a faniciful tale about a child orphaned after the 2003 earthquake in Iran. As she knocks on doors looking for other humans, she meets animals who have been wronged by humans or other animals in the past, and they threaten her. When she is at the end of her energy for fear, she begins to "do what humans do" and waters flowers, cooks food, etc. The animals gradually come to join her. This book begins abruptly with the earthquake and the child being alone, then stays dark as the girl meets the animals. I actually like that, and feel it connects and communicates more that way- in the style of original fairy tales that weren't sweet and light.The end notes state: "Much of what Parisa says in the story is a gentle allusion to Rumi," a Persian mystic and poet. A nice multi-cultural aspect.

  • CH13_PreciousAllen
    2019-03-20 05:01

    The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale by Donna Jo Napoli is a story about a little girl named Parisa-Farsi. Parisa is awaken out of her sleep by a big earthquake and finds that everything has been destroyed around her. Parisa knocks on her neighbors doors but no human beings are alive; only animals are alive. Alone and frightened, Parisa tries to befriend the animals however; the animals accuse her of being a hunter and a thief. Therefore, Parisa is forced to follow her human instincts and tries to live as a happy child. By doing this, she reconnects with the spirits of joy and laughter and later befriends the animals around her.

  • Jess Brown
    2019-03-06 04:52

    Donna Jo Napoli uses her gift of tale-telling in The Earth Shook: A Persian Tale complimented by gorgeous oil painting illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowski. The story tells of Parisa who dreams herself into a world where there are no humans. Shunned by different animals in turn, she uses what makes her human to connect with the animals. A story that could be adapted nicely for telling aloud, also a great read aloud thanks to the beautiful illustrations and simplicity and readability. It has some violent implications, "Owl answered, 'Big hind legs, you remind me of a rabbit who hopped away and left me starving. Run, or I'll rip you to shreds,'" so it might best for middle elementary age.

  • Virginia
    2019-02-21 04:13

    In this beautifully written and illustrated picture book, based on the 2003 earthquake in Iran, the author tells the story of a girl orphaned by the earthquake. She goes looking for other humans, and only faces frightening animals who are unlike her and threaten her. When she decides to embrace her humanity and the good in it, the animals begin to respond to her positively as they see the qualities they have in common. This is a story about courage, embracing our humanity, and using it to connect to and help others.

  • Lisa Carroll
    2019-03-19 05:13

    This was a beautifully written and illustrated picture book. It was an amazing story and to have a tragedy told throught the voice and eyes of a child is a unique experience. My son was sad when I explained what an earthquake was but he was fascinated by the young girl's experience. Children need to be aware of our enviornment and of the natural disasters that can occur, but this book was wise to do it from a child's perspective.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-05 00:52

    This was just a bit bizarre. I understand there was an earthquake, and I get the idea that the animals come from folklore but the story was weird and unsatisfying. I read it, but I wasn't impressed. I hoped for a better narrative thread. I hoped for a narrative thread in general, and it just wasn't there.

  • Crystal
    2019-02-25 21:19

    This little girl with the Persian name survives an earthquake, but doesn't find any other people. She does find plenty of animals, but they are not friendly and in fact are kind of frightening. The storyline (if there really is one) is a bit bizarre and unsettling, but does leave room for discussion and/or thinking.

  • Rachel Ball
    2019-03-05 00:09

    I loved the illustrations in this book! To me, the illustrations should get five stars. This book is definitely more appropriate for older children. Personally, I was not a big fan of the story.... Maybe I'm just ignorant about the folklore referenced in the authors note, but the story made no sense to me. I don't get it at all.

  • Kixie
    2019-02-21 00:59

    A little girl survives the earthquake of 2003 in Iran, and must confront fears (depicted as animals) to learn resilience. The animals seemed a little aggressive and frightening, but in the end they all come together and are friends.

  • Tuyet Tran
    2019-03-15 22:51

    This is a persian tale. It is interesting because the story is talking about survivor. A little girl is the only survivor from an earthquake. She is learning to be brave. As a teacher, teaching students about helping the less fortunate can help improve other people lives.

  • Karen
    2019-03-04 00:06

    How to survive a disaster is given a folkloric twist in this story set in Persia. A little abstract in that the animal characters have meaning in Persian folklore, but their meaning isn't really translated for young American readers. The pictures however, are stunning.

  • Janet
    2019-03-14 00:51

    This could have been a story about a child's survival during a horrific event. Sadly it is just a horrific story. The child is finding animals trying to harm her and she is never found. Not sure it is right for my rug time!

  • Allison
    2019-02-28 00:09

    Very cool, but maybe not a good fit for my library.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-07 23:19

    Beautiful pictures with lots of subtle details. Losses some connections to the recent history, but the traditional connections are wonderful

  • Julie Esanu
    2019-03-17 03:08

    Brutal topic and storyline, yet beautiful illustrations

  • Christopher
    2019-03-05 05:10

    An interesting book with great illustrations telling a classic Iranian fairy tale. A blah story with above average pictures.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-14 04:14

    Cool book based on a Persian folktale about a girl who meets various animals after an earthquake hits her home. The art is styled like Persian art.