“Անուշ Քուն, Բարի Երազ” (Anoush Koon, Pari Yeraz) book review

We pre-ordered “Անուշ Քուն, Բարի Երազ” (Anoush Koon, Pari Yeraz / Sweet Sleep, Good Dream) as soon as we learned the always-wonderful Kids Reading Armenian (KRA) was coming out with another book. Anoush Koon, Pari Yeraz is the third self-published book by Taline Badrikian. It’s a 14-page board book, and a great addition to the small-but-growing library of Armenian books for the 0-3 age group.

Anoush Koon, Pari Yeraz is a strong follow-up to the author’s first two books, “Ուրախ Խոզուկը” (Oorakh Khozooguh / The Happy Piggy) and “Աշխատասէր Մրջիւններ” (Ashkhadahser Murchooner / ​Diligent Ants). It has the same adorable drawings, and the same kind of tight-knit, easy-to-follow story. This time, we meet a little bunny (Nabasdag) who doesn’t want to go to sleep, and see all of the things bunny does at nighttime instead of going to bed. It ends with a little lesson for Nabasdag and the reader about why sleep is so important.

Talk about relevant. Hagopig is almost 3 years old, just switched to a big boy bed, and is in peak bedtime-delaying mode. Mayrig yev Hayrig Nabasdag, I get you.

Any parent will understand what’s happening in this picture… “Hajeeees!” Cute shout out to “Oorakh Khozooguh” by the way.

The book is written in Western Armenian, with one line of Armenian text and one line of English alphabet transliteration on each page. If you don’t know any Armenian at all, you can still read this out loud to your kids by using the transliteration. If you’re a beginner or intermediate Armenian reader, this should be a good book to practice with. The sentences are short, and many words should already be familiar to you just from common usage. The book does not have English translation written in to the book, but the text is available on KRA’s website. AND, just like with KRA’s first two books, I think the story is so logical, the pictures so clear, that you really don’t need to fall back on the exact English translation. You can pretty much understand what’s going on either way.

English translation: NO
Transliteration: YES
Reading level: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

You can find more from Kids Reading Armenian:
https://www.kidsreadingarmenian.com/
https://armenianweekly.com/2021/05/05/anoush-koon-pari-yeraz-the-next-childrens-book-for-your-armenian-library/

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