There is ample research that shows the benefits of exposing and teaching children second and third languages. Among other scholars, Hakuta & Pease-Alvarez, 1992 found that advantages of bilingualism include enhanced cognitive, cultural, and economic advantages. In fact, exposing children to multiple languages does not hinder their development as some mistakenly believe, rather it enhances in children problem solving skills and spatial relations. It also heightens their creativity, as individuals that are multilingual use more of their brain than their monolingual counterparts.
This first book in our “A Taste of Hebrew for Kids Series” focuses on the Hebrew Alphabet. In this book, the 22 letters are illustrated and spelled out in English and in Hebrew. In addition to the letters, 22 basic Hebrew words that are appropriate for young children are taught in a fun way. The words that are selected, one for every Hebrew letter, are written in Hebrew, transliterated, translated and depicted with an attractive illustration. Proper pronunciation help is provided with a ‘sounds like…’ example. Finally, each Hebrew word included in the book is incorporated into little English rhymes that will help kids and adults not only to recognize the Hebrew Alphabet but to learn foundational words in this beautiful language.