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Alef-Bet: A Hebrew Alphabet Book
Michelle Edwards (Author)
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction/Language Arts/General
Format: Trade Paper with French Flaps, 32 pages
Pub Date: Spring 2009
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 1-58838-233-8
 
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Hebrew is a very, very old language. It was spoken in ancient Israel many thousands of years ago, and has been kept alive for centuries by Jews and scholars. Modern Hebrew was the dream and work of a man named Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. He made new words from ancient words and gave Hebrew speakers a way to say modern words such as ice cream, bicycle, and airplane.

This book is a child's introduction to modern Hebrew; but more than that, it is a joyous portrait of a very special family. Its heroine, Gabi, shares in the activities of five-year-olds everywhere; she dances, she pretends, she dresses up, she helps with the baby. Her exuberance about her own life bounces off every page, and the enthusiasm and warmth of her family surround her, and the reader, with love.