Volume. 11920

Iran’s “Magic Grandmother” to enchant English children
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TEHRAN -- The Iranian children’s book writer Ahmad Akbarpur has entered into negotiations with Groundwood Books, a major Canadian children’s book publishing company, to publish an English version of his “Magic Grandmother”.

Mahmud Rafe’ has translated the book into English, the Persian service of MNA reported on Tuesday.

The story is about a grandmother, whose numerous grandchildren begin to argue about which one of them is the most beloved grandchild of their grandmother. Finally, the angels Khepel and Topol are sent down to mediate the dispute.

The Persian version of the book, which has recently been authorized by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, is scheduled to be published by the Peydayesh publishing company.

Akbarpur had signed a contract with Cheshmeh to publish the book in 2011, but the contract never came into effect since the major Iranian publishing company was shot down by the then Culture Ministry.

Groundwood Books published Akbarpur’s “Good Night, Commander” in 2010 and “That Night’s Train” in 2012.        

Groundwood Books is dedicated to the production of children’s books in Canada, the United States and Latin America.

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