My First Hebrew Word Book

Judye Groner; Pepi Marzel, illus.
  • Review
By – August 6, 2012
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 is the Direc­tor of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cul­tur­al & Learn­ing Cen­ter at North Sub­ur­ban Syn­a­gogue Beth El in High­land Park, Illi­nois. A past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee, Rachel is cur­rent­ly the co-edi­tor of Book Reviews for Chil­dren & Teens for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries Newslet­ter. She holds a BA in his­to­ry from Grin­nell Col­lege and a master’s degree in library and infor­ma­tion sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.

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