The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi, illustrated by Farshid Mesghali / ISBN 9781910328002 / 48-page hardcover from Tiny Owl Press in the UK
An English translation of this classic tale, and I hope Tiny Owl brings out more of Mesghali's work, which I featured on 50 Watts a long time ago.
The Little Black Fish is a fearless tale of questioning norms and daring to be different.
Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and the determination to find answers. Whilst 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. 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.