Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Alef is for Abba / Alef is for Ima by Rebecca Kafka, Illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Alef is for Abba / Alef is for Ima is a flip book that focuses on a story with a child’s father in one part of the book and the mother in the other part. So, there are two separate stories told, one about Abba and one about Ima. Each page goes over a Hebrew word or phrase (the phrase is on the last page of both stories) by spelling it with letters from the Hebrew alef-bet, the English pronunciation of Hebrew, and then in English. The words and phrase that are described are illustrated so the children that have this book read to them (or are reading it themselves) can visualize what the words look like.

I liked how this book provides two stories in one. I also liked how it goes over words in both Hebrew and English, since some or a lot of Jewish children in America probably use both Hebrew and English. And for the Jewish children that have families that do not use Hebrew regularly, this book will most likely plant some seeds of learning it at a young age. The Hebrew and English words are listed on each page, in a way that I do not think will confuse children, but instead help them to understand that the words mean the same thing, and just sound and look different in Hebrew and English. The illustrations are also really colorful and vibrant to me!

Recommended for Ages 2-9

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Kar-Ben Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Alef is for Abba / Alef is for Ima is available August 2014

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