Jane Goodall portrays Naneh Sarma in a Persian environmental children’s book


TEHRAN — English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall portrays Persian folk character Naneh Sarma in a Persian children’s book about the environment.

Illustrator Farhad Jamshidi drew Goodall’s face for Naneh Sarma in “Daddy John and Nanny Jane”, a book of poetry composed by popular Iranian children’s writer Mostafa Rahmandoost.

In this book, which promotes environmental topics, Rahmandoost composes her poem based on the beliefs and wishes of a grandmother who is portrayed as Goodall.

“In the form of poetry, this book presents an ancient Iranian myth about Amu Noruz (Uncle Noruz), symbol of Iranian New Year, and Naneh Sarma (Nanny Coldness), symbol of winter in Iranian culture,” Rahmandoost told the IRNA Persian service on Sunday.

“Jamshidi did an exceptional job illustrating the book by choosing the face of Jane Goodall for Naneh Sarma,” he noted.

Published by Neyestan, the book is aimed at children aged 6 to 11.

Ancient Iranians believed that Naneh Sarma began to descend to earth by Yalda Night, the longest night of the year which falls on the last day of autumn. Literally meaning “nanny cold”, Naneh Sarma brings coldness during winter, and also the promises of spring to come.

Considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 60 years of studying the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first visited Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park in 1960, where she witnessed human behavior in chimpanzees. , including armed conflict.

In April 2002, she was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Goodall is an honorary member of the World Future Council.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire during an investiture held at Buckingham Palace in 2004. Her other accolades include the Tyler Prize for environmental achievement, the French Legion of Honour, the prestigious Kyoto from Japan, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, the Gandhi-King Prize for Non-Violence and the Spanish Prince of Asturias Awards.

Photo: Cover of Persian poetry book “Daddy John and Nanny Jane” composed by Mostafa Rahmandoost and illustrated by Farhad Jamshidi.



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