As the story continues...
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.
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.
This Kickstarter campaign features a wide variety of Shahnameh For Kids rewards packages such as:
You also have the option to have your books signed or personalized by author, Arsia Rozegar at no additional cost.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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