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Children's book series inspired by Ferdowsi's Persian Epic Myth, The Shahnameh. Featuring THE MIGHTY ROSTAM & THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
Children's book series inspired by Ferdowsi's Persian Epic Myth, The Shahnameh. Featuring THE MIGHTY ROSTAM & THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
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This Kickstarter campaign is intended to help fund the production of two brand new Shahnameh For Kids books; The Mighty Rostam to be followed by The Bravery of Gordafarid.

The second installment of the Shahnameh For Kids series picks up right where the first book left off as we see the noble Zal fall in love with the Princess of Kabul, Rudabeh.

 

It just so happens that their son, Rostam grows up to be the most powerful hero that Greater Iran had ever seen.

The Mighty Rostam will be a full-color children's book highlighting his adventures alongside his loyal steed, Rakhsh.

 

But that's not all!
We aren't stopping with just Rostam's story, as the following Shahnameh For Kids book installment will be about the valiant heroine called Gordafarid. When Greater Iran is on the verge of attack by the armies of Rostam's very own son, Sohraab, there is only one person fearless enough to answer the call to defend her friends and family. Her name is Gordafarid! Find out what happens in The Bravery of Gordafarid.

What is the Shahnameh?
The Shahnameh is an Epic Poem completed over 1000 years ago by a man called Ferdowsi. It features fascinating and larger than life characters engaged in amazing drama that unfold the mythology and history of Greater Iran. It's full of action, adventure, romance, and intrigue while containing fantastic metaphors and wisdom that can apply to all aspects of life even today.

Statue of Ferdowsi in Tehran
Statue of Ferdowsi in Tehran

What's also important about the Shahnameh is that it was composed during a critical period in Iranian history when it's very culture and language was being erased and replaced. Ferdowsi's Shahnameh helped play an integral role in preserving the Persian language and true Iranian cultural identity.

 

THE REWARDS

This Kickstarter campaign features a wide variety of Shahnameh For Kids rewards packages such as:

The Books
You also have the option to have your books signed or personalized by author, Arsia Rozegar at no additional cost.

The first Shahnameh For Kids book, "The Story of Zal & Simorgh"
The first Shahnameh For Kids book, "The Story of Zal & Simorgh"

 

 

 

Activity & Coloring e-Book
Every rewards package also comes with a brand new downloadable PDF with printable Shahnameh For Kids Activity and Coloring Pages. Perfect fun for a rainy day. Featuring different coloring pages, word games and much more!

 

Limited Edition Exclusive Art Prints
You also have the chance to get your hands on any or all three of these exclusive limited edition Shahnameh For Kids art prints featuring famous characters from Ferdowsi's Shahnameh.

Choose from:

Art Print #1: The first enlightened man and first Shah, Kayumars
Art Print #1: The first enlightened man and first Shah, Kayumars

 

Art Print #2: Hushang discovers fire
Art Print #2: Hushang discovers fire

 

Art Print #3: Prince Fereydoon and Kaveh the Blacksmith
Art Print #3: Prince Fereydoon and Kaveh the Blacksmith

 

Get Drawn in the Book!
One of our rewards packages includes the option of being immortalized in the book itself! Have you or your loved ones drawn as a background character in the book of your choice.

 

A Little Bit of Damavand
Now you can carry a little bit of Damavand/Greater Iran with you at all times. This package comes with a small vial of earth taken personally by myself directly from the foot of the legendary mountain. The majesty of Damavand and the Alborz Mountains play an important role in Iranian mythology.

 

The Illustrations
It was important to me that the art not only visually catered to both kids and adults, but that there was also an authenticity to it as well.  Actual historical reference as well as nods to classical Persian miniature paintings were used in creating the art to Shahnameh For Kids. I found that working with the talented Mike Amante on the last book proved to be very positive and I simply had to have him return.

 

Why Am I Doing This?
As a Iranian-American kid growing up in the US, it was frustrating at times not seeing my culture or its history accurately conveyed. I wanted to create something that properly represented Persian Culture for not only Iranians to enjoy but everyone the world over. I think it's important to appreciate all cultures and celebrate diversity. With that said, I cannot express how much I loved producing The Story of Zal & Simorgh. The book's feedback from everyone has been immensely positive. But there are simply many more great tales to tell from The Shahnameh. Which is exactly why this Kickstarter is for two books. Rostam is arguably the most famous character in the Shahnameh and his adventures are literally the stuff of legends. While Gordafarid's tale of bravery and heroism needs to be told as well simply for what she stands for and represents to little girls everywhere.

How Can You Help?
A pledge would be awesome! Maybe you know a classroom or library that these books would make a great addition to. It would also make a thoughtful gift for anyone who is a fan of The Shahnameh or World Mythology. But if right now's not the time for a pledge, please help spread the word! If you know a family, a teacher, or organization that would have interest or appreciate Shahnameh For Kids, please let them know! Tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media posts are also a great way to help promote the book's Kickstarter campaign. #ShahnamehForKids #CelebrateDiversity

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When will the books be shipped?
Books will be shipped out as soon as each produced book is ready to go. The Mighty Rostam book be produced first with The Bravery of Gordafarid to come out subsequently after. Rostam is estimated to be completed by the Winter Holidays with Gordafarid hopefully before Nowruz /Spring. If you backed a Rewards Package that includes, The Story of Zal & Simorgh, that book will be ready to ship as soon as the campaign ends. (International Shipping costs extra)

 

Risks and challenges

The production on these new books are in full swing right now. To the best of my experience and abilities, I plan to have each book available by their intended release dates. Any potential delay would strictly be because I am striving to create the absolute best possible product on levels. I wouldn't want to rush the art and production and hinder the quality of the books in the process. With this said, just like with the first book, my #1 goal is to get the best possible books to you as soon as possible.

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    THE MIGHTY ROSTAM (Book)

    1st edition copy of the new book, THE MIGHTY ROSTAM.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
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    THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID (Book)

    1st edition copy of the new book, THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID.

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    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
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    BOTH NEW BOOKS

    1st Edition copies of both new Shahnameh For Kids books.

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    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
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    STICKER SHEET & BOTH NEW BOOKS

    In addition to the new books, this rewards package also comes with a full color Shahnameh For Kids Sticker Sheet!

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    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • STICKER SHEET
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    COMPLETE SHAHNAMEH FOR KIDS BOOK SERIES

    The complete full set of all three books from the Shahnameh For Kids series including the first book, THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
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    COMPLETE SFK BOOK SERIES & STICKER SHEET

    The complete full set of all three books from the Shahnameh For Kids series plus the Sticker Sheet.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
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    DOUBLE IT UP

    Two sets of the new Shahnameh For Kids books. 4 (physical) books total.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
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    LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT

    In addition to the complete book series set and sticker sheet, this rewards package also includes an exclusive limited edition Shahnameh For Kids 11x17 Art Print of your choice.

    Choose from either:
    The First Shah, Kayumars,
    Hushang's Discovery of Fire,
    Prince Fereydoon with Kaveh the Blacksmith.

    These prints look fantastic on display!

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • STICKER SHEET
    • LIMITED EDITION 11x17 ART PRINT
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    FULL SET OF LIMITED EDITION ART PRINTS

    In addition to the complete book series set and sticker sheet, this rewards package also includes the full set of all 3 limited edition Shahnameh For Kids 11x17 Art Prints featuring:
    The First Shah, Kayumars,
    Hushang's Discovery of Fire,
    Prince Fereydoon with Kaveh the Blacksmith.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • STICKER SHEET
    • FULL SET OF 11x17 ART PRINTS
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    A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAVAND

    Now you can carry a little bit of Damavand/Greater Iran with you at all times. This package comes with a small vial of earth taken personally by myself directly from the foot of the legendary mountain. The majesty of Damavand and the Alborz Mountains play an important role in Iranian mythology.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • STICKER SHEET
    • FULL SET OF 11x17 ART PRINTS
    • A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAVAND
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    SMALL SHOP / LIBRARY / CLASSROOM SET

    Includes a set of twelve (12) physical books from the SHAHNAMEH FOR KIDS series.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
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    GET DRAWN IN THE BOOK

    All the cool physical Shahnameh For Kids rewards being offered, plus you or a loved one of your choice will be drawn as a background character extra in either new book.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • STICKER SHEET
    • FULL SET OF 11x17 ART PRINTS
    • A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAVAND
    • GET DRAWN IN THE BOOK
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    FRIENDS OF SIMORGH

    In appreciation of this generous pledge, you or your (non-political/non-religious) organization's name and website will be directly linked and promoted on ShahnamehForKids.com.

    Includes:
    • THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • STICKER SHEET
    • FULL SET OF 11x17 ART PRINTS
    • A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAVAND
    • GET DRAWN IN THE BOOK
    • FRIEND OF SIMORGH listing on ShahnamehForKids.com
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    APPEARANCE BY THE AUTHOR

    Shahnameh For Kids creator and author, Arsia Rozegar will come speak, do a reading, book-signing and/or Q&A at the school, library or organization of your choice. The event can also include fun interactive Shahnameh-related creative activities for kids to take part in. (Travel expenses and lodging are covered by this donation within the continental United States).

    Also includes 10 copies of each Shahnameh For Kids Book (30 Books total), 10 Sticker Sheets, as well as the other top tier exclusive rewards.

    Includes:
    • 10× THE MIGHTY ROSTAM
    • 10× THE BRAVERY OF GORDAFARID
    • 10× THE STORY OF ZAL & SIMORGH
    • ACTIVITY & COLORING e-BOOK PDF
    • 10× STICKER SHEET
    • FULL SET OF 11x17 ART PRINTS
    • A LITTLE BIT OF DAMAVAND
    • GET DRAWN IN THE BOOK
    • APPEARANCE BY THE AUTHOR
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