International Banned Book: The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi

Summary:

Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and a determination to find answers to them. While his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river which will show him much more of the world. He meets wonders and adventures, dangers and beauty. He makes it all the way to the sea, and finds his answers. Even though he doesn’t survive to tell his own story, here it is being told to another generation, and the inspiration of it is passed on.

Reasons for Challenge:

The book was widely considered to be a political allegory, and was banned in pre-revolutionary Iran (prior to the 1978 revolution).[1] Other than noticeable story, the original illustrations of the book by Farshid Mesghali in 1974 got Hans Christian Andersen Award for children books.[2] Various translations of the book in different languages has been published in different countries. The latest translation of the book in English published in 2015 with its original illustrations.[3] – Wikipedia

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