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Little Bitty Baby Learns Hebrew
Baby Board Book Meets Classical Education - Trivium Pursuit presents their first in a series of Little Bitty Baby Board Books - Little Bitty Baby Learns Hebrew. And, yes, little children can learn the Hebrew alphabet, which is the very first baby step in mastering the language.
Using 27 original illustrations, writer/illustrator Johannah Bluedorn offers a pictorial lesson in learning the Hebrew alphabet. Each Hebrew letter is introduced on a separate page of the board book. The sound of each letter is taught with an English guide word, a corresponding picture, and steps for writing each letter.
Perhaps this Little Bitty Baby Board Book will inspire even the tiniest tots to pursue further study of the Hebrew language.
Review by Crystal Paine at biblicalwomanhoodonline.com
Review by Maribel Hernandez
The author has combined all these elements clearly to her readers. Each letter is articulated with the following:
Instructions on the alphabet.
What struck me the most about this book was the way the author took a very intimidating alphabet and reduced it to a simple form of writing we can understand and repeat. This is definitely a book to have in stock at your home to give as gifts for any occasion.
Review at midwestbookreview.com
Review by Prof. James D. Regehr
This book is a wonderful tool that introduces children (and their parents) to the world of the Hebrew language. In a simple and gentle way, it introduces the Hebrew "Aleph-bais" and shows the reader how to draw the Hebrew letters and begin to learn their sounds. (Prof. James D. Regehr, Ph.D., President, Fountain of Life School of Ministry, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada).
Review at eho.org
Though this book is a board book, suitable for reading to small children, there is plenty to keep older children and adults interested, including step-by-step instruction in letter formation and pronunciation guidelines.
There is no storyline to speak of. Each page has a sweetly drawn illustration that emphasizes the sound a particular letter makes ("Daleth sounds like the d in door" appears over a picture of a young child shyly peeping around a door.)
Not long after we first read this book, the knowledge came in handy! We were reading our way through the Psalms, and when we came to Psalm 119, we knew how to pronounce the letters heading each section. It seems we'd been mispronouncing them in earlier journeys through the Psalms... (Beth does not rhyme with "death" but rather with "faith"!)
Our middle daughter may be found at quiet times with this book, following the steps and forming various Hebrew letters. It appears that she may be interested in a further study of Hebrew. Our youngest just likes to look at the pictures and trace the graceful letters with a curious finger.
All in all this is a pleasant and useful little book.
Review by Beth Brewer at homeschoolblogger.com/beth
It's been a joy for us to receive, read and to use, and has now become our favorite Hebrew primer! Though it's a board book, and as the title suggests, is appropriately designed for much younger students than myself, and my 6 yo daughter and 9 yo son, its simplistic approach does, however, lend itself to otherwise apprehensive beginners of all ages. We have therefore found that it is appropriate and enjoyable for older students as well. My kids haven't been put off by the name at all... rather they think it's funny to say over and over again!
Due to this book being a "board book," it is nice and sturdy, which is coming in handy for all of the use it's getting at our dining room table lately, as we pass it around in the mornings to copy our letter formations and practice pronunciation. This book is simply lovely, and such a pleasure to learn from! I'm thankful to have found such a sweet picture book from which to commit these most special Hebrew characters to my children's memories. So, don't let the name fool you, nor the fact that it's a board book. If your children love beautiful, sweet picture books as mine do, or if you're in the market for a simple Hebrew alefbet primer, then I highly recommend this book!
We're on our way, finally learning the Hebrew alefbet together! I'm eager to check out the Greek Alphabetarion next!
Nathanael (who will be 10 yo next month) says, "I like the shapes of the Hebrew letters, and this book makes it easy to write them. It's easy to understand."
Review by Kristine Jacobson, Forest Lake, Minnesota
Review in Practical Homeschooling Magazine, reviewed by Sarah Pride
I anticipate that moms who wish to know the Hebrew alphabet and therefore buy this board book "for their babies" would be able to gain considerable use from it. Baby will love it because it is pretty, and the rest of the family can learn a bit of Hebrew.