The Lion Tattoo is a tale from Masnavi, one of the best-known and most influential works by the thirteenth century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Rumi .
The story begins with a young man who decides that he wants a lion tattoo on his shoulder. Perhaps because he wants to be big and strong - or maybe so he's always got someone watching his back. But as the tattooist begins her work, he feels the pain of the needle and decides that his lion doesn't need a tail...or a mane...or a stomach. But who's ever heard of a lion like that?! Finally, the tattooist has enough of his complaints and throws him out: "Brother, you just can't stand the pain..."
Tiny Owl's new series celebrates picture books for older readers and the art of visual narrative.
This is Book 1 in the Tales by Rumi Series. See all Tales by Rumi books here.
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Born in 1977, Atefeh Maleki Joo is an award- winning Iranian illustrator. She has illustrated several children's books and works for a number of children's magazines. She has won several national and international awards, including the 16th Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations (2008).More about Atefeh Maleki Joo