Iran, formerly Persia, has a centuries-old history and a rich culture dating back to long before the first century. Most of the country consists of wild deserts and rugged mountain Ranges, apart from the fertile regions on the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Many ethnic groups, including nomads, live in Iran. Besides speaking their ethnic language, all Iranians speak Farsi, the country’s official language. Since the dawn of time, Iranians have cherished poetry and storytelling and tea rooms are the favorite places for these traditional pastimes. Iranians are hospitable, creative and artistic people. Iran is a beautiful country with its varied landscapes and surprising cities.
Once upon a time, there was an old cat who lived near a village. The cat could not hunt anymore. His claws were not sharp anymore and he had only two or three teeth left. Not only could not he hunt mice and partridges, he was so weak that he could hardly hunt chicks.
The old cat lived alone and had no one. Most often he fed on cockroaches, lizards and bugs. He really longed to have a real meal after all this time.
At daytime he sat close to the village and watched the roosters and chickens from a far distance. Sometimes the chickens and roosters fed on seeds and grains. And sometimes the chickens sat in the shadow while the roosters sang.
There was a rooster called 'Cock-a-doodle-do'. It had the most beautiful voice. Each day he practiced singing and wanted to sing better than before. He wanted to be admired by others. Even the people of the village recognized his songs. Once he sang, the breeze blew; as if the leaves and flowers and the children of the village could study better in the classroom.
The old cat wanted to become friends with Cock-a-doodle-do. On the other hand Cock-a-doodle-do was looking for a friend who would help him make some progress in singing.
The Bird and the Fortune is a collection of poems by Davood Lotfollah. The poems being recited particularly for teenagers include a variety of modern themes especially appealing to teenagers. In its first poem The Bird and the Fortune, a bird's life has been described in a cage. It has been trained to pick one of the fortune cards every time it is ordered to and hand it to the passengers who are going to buy a fortune card from its owner. The fortune card mysteriously with the bird's fortune itself....