First off, let me say that I am really behind my SLE Inspired Reading List #2 postings. Rumi Whirling Dervish by Demi has been sitting on my desk for a while, but not because it isn’t an engaging, artful book to read with children. I don’t like to share too many images of the inside of books, because I want to be respectful of Copyrights, but here’s a glimpse at the beautiful illustrations and text in Rumi:
Rumi lived over 800 years ago and settled in Turkey, even though he was born in Afghanistan. He is most famous for inventing/establishing the order of the Whirling Dervishes, who believe their spinning brings closeness to God and peacefulness to the Earth.
Rumi was also a prolific poet. Here is a brief excerpt about Rumi from the book’s jacket describing his poetry: “He wrote about the love that resides in the soul of everyone regardless of religion or background.” All of the poems included in this book were really lovely and not too difficult for children to understand.
From a current events perspective, this was a really interesting book to read with my son Bruce(6.5) because Rumi was born in Afghanistan, and his family traveled through the Middle East before settling in Turkey. Reading Rumi was an easy and meaningful way to expose my son to poetry and culture from that region. It was also nice to read a picture book with him again, because he usually won’t stand for anything he perceives as “too babyish”. In fact, I am going to be adding any book I can find by Demi to my library holds list.
P.S. Now that I’ve finally finished writing up Rumi Whirling Dervish, I can go place it on the bookshelf, or another ulterior location than my desk. (Sorry. I had trouble working in my SAT word today. :))