The third in this charming series—Avi the Ambulance Goes To School and Avi the Ambulance To the Rescue are the first two — continues with the same successful characters. Avi’s ambulance family, who live in a garage in Jerusalem, humorously and lovingly personify human characteristics. Professionally their job is to save lives; at home, the family has fun together and share loving relationships. During a rare snow in Jerusalem, Avi and his sister Maya, have a huge snowball fight, and soon others from their group join in, including Hila the helicopter and their coworkers Zack and Leah. Fortunately they have cleared the snow and ice in front of their garage home before they receive a call notifying them of a highway accident on the road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Avi and his medic, Zack, get caught in the snow storm, too, and need assistance from Maya and her medic, Leah, who bring chains to help them get to the pileup. In just a few minutes the injured passengers are safely brought to the hospital, where they receive immediate assistance. The charming story is followed by a descriptive page telling of the true work of the Magen David Adom, Israel’s ambulance, blood services, and disaster relief organization. A clear and beautifully illustrated layout of all the parts of an ambulance also follows, in addition to a full page of vocabulary explaining medical terms in English and some related Hebrew words.
Illustrations are filled with humor and whimsy, and the grayish tones fit perfectly with the wintry themes. The book is educationally useful in the classroom for units on Israel, winter, Jerusalem, helping, transportation, and vehicles and is highly recommended for preschool, ages 3 to 6.