The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran – Rita Jahanforuz

The girl with the brave heart
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  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 4
  • Lexile Measure: 620L
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846869293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846869297



After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but her lazy and unkind stepsister, Nargues, suffers a less pleasant fate in this adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale, Mother Hulda, reset in Tehran, Iran.


Rationale for Inclusion: In addition to being acclaimed by the New York Times, this fairy tale-themed book depicts a female protagonist from the country of Iran. This story attempts to teach children about the importance of empathy, kind heartedness, listening to others, treating people with respect, and the value of inner-beauty. Since this story is based in Iran, it also offers children a chance to get a window into a culture different than their own, which can be a great way to expand their minds as it provides them with a unique perspective and point of view. With the superb illustrations outlined throughout the book, children are free to let their imaginations run wild as they put themselves in the shoes of Shiraz and try to make sense of the moral values emphasized in this book.

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