Orange and Blue: The World of Barzu



This book is an introduction to Central Asia, an incredible region of ancient cities and rich culture. Through the story, children will learn how local people bake bread in clay ovens, how they make those wonderful ovens, about sun-dried fruits, about ancient Bukhara and Samarkand, and about local ethnic groups and languages. And, together with the merchant Faiz from the City of Blue Domes, children will journey along the Silk Road to distant Hindustan.

The accessible language and charming plot will bring young readers, even 3-year olds, to a world of fairy tales. And for older readers and their parents, there is a separate section of Ethnographic Notes, which provides the historical context for the story and detailed descriptions of places and customs. The book also contains games and recipes for different kinds of Central Asian bread. Tajik artist Farrukh Negmatzade created about 30 spectacular, detailed illustrations in color.  Author: Marina Abrams.  Illustrators: Farrukh Negmatzade and Marina Abrams. Translator  Joshua Abrams (Barzu World, 2017, HC, 96 pp)

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