More sophisticated than Fun With My First Words by Schlomo Peterseil (a board book published by Pitspopany, 2001), more child friendly than My First 100 Hebrew Words by Howard Bogot (UAHC Press, 1993), and less intimidating than The First Thousand Words in Hebrew by Amery, Haron, and Cartwright (Usborne, 1989), Kar-Ben’s new picture dictionary will be appreciated by teachers of conversational Hebrew and their young students and parents. Basic Hebrew vocabulary, written in block letters with English transliteration and translation, for the parts of the body, the family, clothing, the house, school, the playground, the city, the grocery store, bedtime, bath time, a birthday party, the zoo, the seasons, numbers, and colors are included. Each double page lay-out includes a large detailed illustration with the 10 – 12 items clearly identified along the bottom of the page. The illustrations are cheerful and contemporary. The word list in the back of the book is organized alphabetically in English, and includes the Hebrew words and the corresponding page numbers. All-in-all, a wonderful resource! For Preschool – age 8.
Rachel Kamin has been a synagogue librarian and Jewish educator for over twenty-five years and has worked at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, IL since 2008, currently serving as the Director of Lifelong Learning. A past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee and past editor of Book Reviews for Children & Teens for the Association of Jewish Libraries News & Reviews, her articles and book reviews appear in numerous publications. She has been a member of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Book Award Committee since 2021.