Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Stories from the Silk Road

Last week Anna decided that she wants to read about the neighbor of Afghanistan – Uzbekistan. I dutifully went to Amazon and discovered that this is not going to be easy. I started to think what I know about Uzbekistan – Aral Sea ecological disaster, earthquake in Tashkent and cotton growing. Then I remembered the golden cities of the past – Bukhara and Samarkand. By looking for the books about Samarkand, I managed to find gorgeously illustrated collection – Stories from the Silk Road.


We looked at the online images of Samarkand, watched a short video of Uzbekistan on YouTube and talked a little bit about geometric designs in art. I was hoping to use our Spirogiro, but Anna wasn’t interested in it this week. Then we put together our Uzbekistan mini-book and added it to our growing “Read Around the World” collection. At least the next stop is a lot less challenging – Anna decided that she wants a California book Smile


Susan said...

Sounds like you did a good job of pulling together a nice unit, even though it was challenging!

Kelly said...

Wow! I'm impressed that you were able to find a book and one that looks very interesting.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Phyllis said...

I am really enjoying this series! I am sure I will refer back to it when we do some Around-the-World geography!

MaryAnne said...

I'm impressed with what you found! I read the title of your post and immediately wondered where you would find English-language books for children about Uzbekistan!

Debbie said...

I am with the others, I am impressed with how you pulled this together. I would be at a loss.

Ticia said...

I've always wanted to get one of those spiral things

Looks like a great unit!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks like a wonderful book!