Ayp for Soup
A Bilingual Armenian Aphabet Book

Այբ Ապուրին

(ISBN: 0-9655507-4-5)
2001 Los Angeles
56 pages
Size: 11" x 8 1/2"
Language(s): English, Western Armenian, French

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A unique Armenian-alphabet book for all ages (but mostly for three- to seven-year-olds), Ayp For Soup is a fun book that familiarizes children with the sounds and names of the Armenian alphabet. The text features a rich vatiety of simple rhythmic language patterns and rhyming word combinations for each letter of the alphabet, wittily illustrated by Anahid Sarkissian. With animals, plants and everyday objects assuming human form to convey word meanings, the entries are intuitive, entertaining and user-friendly. They are also conductive to interactive conversations beyond the text. The book contains a companion song, entitled “Ayppenaran” (Alphabet), based on an Armenian folk melody, adapted by Lucina Agbabian Hubbard. The song has been tested and performed with great enthusiasm by children of different ages and varying degrees of fluency in Armenian. Encompassing words, visuals and music, Ayp Aboorin - Ayp For Soup makes for a unique educational experience—while the book’s focus is on the Armenian text, non-Armenian-speaking families will be able to learn an Armenian word with each letter of the alphabet, recite it and sing the companion song. Each alphabet entry includes English and French translations of Armenian word, and Western and Eastern Armenian transliteration appear at the bottom of each page. The book is dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity in Armenia and the creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 A.D.

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