A book and accompanying CD comprise this primer on the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter or letter family receives a double page spread displaying a large, clear letter in a scene that emphasizes some aspect of its shape or sound. For instance, het is shown being used as a huppah, as Sarah dreams about her wedding day, providing a mnemonic for the letter’s sound and shape. The CD’s multiple narrators recite the text and provide amusing background noises. The cast of characters, Sarah, David, Ben, and Rachel, also appear in other Hebrew curricular materials produced by the same company. The children are dressed in casual modern clothing, including hoodies and cargo pants, which are attractive for the moment but may make the illustrations look dated within a few years. Ben is always shown with a kippah, but David wears his intermittently.
As a textbook, this book is naturally somewhat repetitious and slow paced, but the casual, colorful artwork and the CD do much to breathe life into the lesson. Buy where Hebrew instructional materials are in demand. For ages 8 – 10.