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RUMI by Demi


Whirling Dervish

by Demi & illustrated by Demi

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5527-1
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

Neither the name nor the term will mean anything to kids, but Demi’s signature luminous artwork elegantly evokes the life of one of the most revered mystical poets, who lived in Turkey in the 13th century. First taught by his father, Rumi became a preacher in a small mosque, but it was the teachings of a spiritual man who enlightened him and awakened his creative spirit. Rumi began circling and circling in a state of prayer. Never had he felt so close to God. He taught others, who became known as whirling dervishes who danced to his poetry. He believed that love is the root of all religions and he wanted children to find God in everything. Whirling dervishes continue to worship today by circle dancing, demonstrating that the love of God turns forever. The gilded, detailed illustrations suggest motion, while the concise text, which includes some of his poems, respectfully, almost reverently, treats the subject. The dedication states: “For children of all ages—whirling together in the sphere—let’s dance!” (Picture book/biography. 9-12)