The Hebrew Alphabet

Yael Rosen­berg & Sarah Mazor
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By – May 28, 2014

Writ­ten for very young chil­dren and the adults in their lives, The Hebrew Alpha­bet uses bright­ly col­ored draw­ings to present Hebrew let­ters in Hebrew, in Eng­lish, and in Hebrew translit­er­a­tion. This is fol­lowed by a sweet rhyme. For exam­ple, dalet is shown in Hebrew, there is a draw­ing of a ted­dy bear which it is giv­en the Hebrew name dubi”, and the accom­pa­ny­ing rhyme is: Tiny lit­tle Dan­ny wants his pet in his bed; Mom­my gets him a DUBI to sleep with him instead.”

The words cho­sen to accom­pa­ny the Hebrew let­ters such as dog, horse, or cake are all with­in the realm of a young child’s vocab­u­lary and the repet­i­tive struc­ture of each page makes it eas­i­er for lit­tle ones to learn what is being taught.

Addi­tion­al­ly, there is a lot of use­ful infor­ma­tion includ­ed for adults. An authors’ note points out that boys and girls who learn a sec­ond lan­guage “…have also been found to be bet­ter at learn­ing, plan­ning and self-con­trol.” Addi­tion­al mate­r­i­al teach­es about the revival of the Hebrew lan­guage in the 1800s by Eliez­er Ben-Yehu­da in the hope that read­ing and speak­ing Hebrew will give a life­long con­nec­tion to Israel and the Bible. Some pho­net­ic pro­nun­ci­a­tion infor­ma­tion about Hebrew is also included.

This is the first book in a series and the authors promise that there will be more in the Taste of Hebrew for Kids Series to come.

Rec­om­mend­ed for chil­dren 3 – 6 years of age.

Marge Kaplan is a retired Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage teacher. She is a con­sul­tant for the children’s lit­er­a­ture group for the Roseville, MN school sys­tem and is a sto­ry­teller of Jew­ish tales.

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