Beautifully and colorfully illustrated, this book has both an Ima (mother) section and an Abba (father) one. This is achieved by flipping the book upside down, achieving an interesting and unexpected effect. Each page has an illustration, a vocabulary word in Hebrew, in transliteration, and in English translation. The theme centers around a family’s daily activities with each vocabulary word beginning with the Hebrew letter aleph. However, having the same beginning letter for each Hebrew word makes the word selection in English rather disconnected. Including a song or matching game would help little ones remember the words and would be a nice addition. Recommended for ages 2 to 6.
Alef is for Abba/Alef is for Ima
Marge Kaplan is a retired English as a Second Language teacher. She is a consultant for the children’s literature group for the Roseville, MN school system and is a storyteller of Jewish tales.
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