Great for all ages even though it s a children s book Demi s illustrations are detailed and glorious Good short biography of Rumi the poet with an explanation of how whirling dervishes began It s accessible to many ages and useful in sharing stories of Islam, acceptance of others, and some short samples of Rumi s poetry. Very interesting resource about life, poetry, enlightenment, theology, and backstory of the whirling dervishes of the middle east Beautifully illustrated, middle grade reading level, perfect exploration of diversity in theological beliefs and Persian culture Illustrated in Demi s intricate style and patterns, Rumi 1207 1273 , is described as a scholar and seeker of spiritual wisdom He wrote numerous poems and stories One day, thinking about his teacher Shams, he heart a beat and began spinning to it His mystical poetry and whirling dance show his love of God turns forever. I thought this subject, for me as an adult, was fascinating, and the illustrations lovely and perfect for the biography of Rumi I have difficulty seeing this book of interest to most young children of picture book age. Born In Afghanistan In The Thirteenth Century, Rumi Settled In Turkey And Became A Great Mystical Poet From A Holy Man, Shamsuddin, Rumi Learned To Listen For The Sacred Sound Of God Within Himself When His Creative Spirit Was Awakned, He Recited Than , Rhymed Couplets He Also Wrote About The Love That Resides In The Soul Of Everyone, Regardless Of Religion Or Background He Founded The Order Of The Whirling Dervishes, Who Believed Their Spinning Dances Put Them In Touch With God And Brought Peace And Love Into The World To Honor The th Anniversary Of His Birth, The United Nations Declared The Year Of Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi Can one ever know enough about the life and words of Rumi Beautiful General, simple and to the point.Great selection of Rumi s poems or lines. A few inaccuracies The illustrations were nice, but I didn t care much for the information in the book. Demi continues to explore prominent religious figures in her latest book she offers a lush, visual description of Rumi, the famous Sufi teacher, poet and mystic This book will appeal to readers of all ages Demi keeps the description of Rumi s childhood, work as a teacher and rise to religious esteem simple Older readers will appreciate Rumi s poetic gift and singular pursuit of spiritual closeness to God Rumi discovered that whirling helped him reach a higher spiritual plane Demi quotes Rumi poetry to great effect, We came whirling out of nothingness scattering stars like dust The stars made a circle and in the middle we dance And Love calls everywhere and always We re sky bound Are you coming The reader finds whirling imagery or implied motion in nearly every illustration from the cluster of whirling dervishes on the end leaf pages to illustrations featuring Rumi spinning or angels descending gracefully to awaken his creativity Demi frames each illustration with a simple shiny gold frame her use of native Turkish patterns in clothing, and building walls are made all the vivid by flat colorful backgrounds Native animals camels, birds, horses and fish bring additional visual interest to each panel On every page use of shiny gold leaf immediately draws the eye to camel saddles, window frames, robe linings, ship flags, angel mist and minaret decoration This artistic choice effectively reflects Rumi s revered status.In an opening note Rumi scholar, Dr Laleh Bakhtiar, reminds the reader that 2007 marked the 800th anniversary of Rumi s birth In honoring this teacher poet s memory we celebrate his belief that God s love rests in everyone and everything we recognize that Rumi s wisdom speaks to the hearts of many people in many lands and people of different faiths In the endnote Demi offers further description of the whirling dervish state of prayer, the importance of hand position, direction and sequence They have faith that their turning will bring peace and love into the world Choose this highly recommended title for any collection. Listen for the sound of Heaven, emptying the mind of all thought When we are with someone to whom we cannot confide our secrets, we are like prisoners in chains His poems were about love and mercy as the purpose of the universe Death has nothing to do with going away The sun sets and the moon sets but they are not gone Death is a coming together.
- 40 pages
- Rumi: Persian Poet, Whirling Dervish
- 21 August 2017 Demi