A garage in Jerusalem is the unusual setting for this charming story of a family of ambulances that transport sick and hurt people to the hospital. Each family member has his or her own duties and abilities, from the oldest to Avi, the smallest. Avi learns to zig and zag, to help load patients, and to work with his medic partner, Zack. On the first day after graduation from Ambulance School, Avi and Zack help Shira, who has fallen off her bike and has hurt herself as she rushed to get home to help her mother prepare for Shabbat. Zack splints her leg and together they transport Shira to the hospital.
This is an extremely entertaining introduction to the subject for preschool children and is excellent for units on rescue and emergency vehicles, “helping others,” and life in Israel. The illustrations throughout show sample rescue vehicles. The page following the story explains that the story is based on the real work of Magen David Adom in Israel. A vocabulary page at the end contains English and some Hebrew words related to events in the story and has age-appropriate definitions explaining items related to ambulance and hospital work.
Lovely, simple pictures show the rescue vehicles as having human characteristics, which beautifully adds to the story. In addition, there are well-drawn illustrations of places in Jerusalem, and signs and rescue vehicles with Hebrew and English writing on them.
Jewish content supplements a story that will be popular with the youngest reader for its charm and focus on cars and trucks.