This is a perfect little book to introduce young children to Hebrew and for adults just learning the language (if they don’t mind the board book format). Each page introduces a letter of the alef-bet in order and includes the Hebrew form, the English spelling, the sound of the letter, and a poetic description of the sound, as well as an engaging pen and ink illustration, which serves as a memory device. For example, “Dalet looks like a diving board for daring ducks” is accompanied by an image of yellow ducklings jumping off a dalet-shaped board into a pond. Occasionally, Chaput includes Jewish metaphors, as the Hebrew letter chet looking like a chanukiah.
The book also includes final (sofit) letters, whenever they occur in the alef-bet, as well as the dagesh forms (the ones with the dots in the middle, which make a slightly different sound, as in bet and vet.) A chart at the back of the book puts all the letters together with their pronunciations and how to write them.
The book is a great introduction to Hebrew reading, although the content is advanced for the usual readers of board books. Recommended for ages 5 – 8 and enthusiastic adult Hebrew learners who don’t mind reading a board book.