Jul 2, 2014, 1:14 PM
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Award named after late Azaryazdi

Tehran, July 2, IRNA - A literary award named after the late author of children’s books Mehdi Azaryazdi has been set up.

Ali Dehqani, executive secretary said the award has been organized by the Reihanat al-Rassoul Cultural-Artistic Institute and Cultural Studies Bureau, according to the English-language paper 'Iran Daily' published Wednesday.

Azaryazdi was one of Iran’s most important authors. He was quite successful in narrating ancient Persian tales in an interesting way for children.

Dehqani said the award will be granted in recognition of the lofty status of the author and to provide grounds for introducing the author’s works.

Azaryazdi is best known for his ‘Good Stories for Good Children’, which won a UNESCO prize in 1966 and was selected as Iran’s Book of the Year in 1967.

The book was written in eight volumes based on the great works of Persian literature such as ‘Golestan’ (The Rose Garden), ‘Masnavi-e Manavi’, ‘Marzban-Nameh’, ‘Sinbadnameh’ and some stories from the Holy Qur’an and the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his household.

Born in 1921, he began writing for children in 1956. He wrote seven books, each of which is adapted from classic Persian literature and rewritten for children in an easy-to-understand style.

‘The Playful Cat’, ‘Simple Stories’ and ‘Masnavi of Good Children’ are among his other works.