Friday, October 08, 2010

Wanted: Have you Seen this Book?

imageWell… not THIS book exactly.

The Hebrew version of this book, The Usborne Book of Everyday Words.  Our local public library had it a while ago, but now I haven’t seen in a long time.

These are great books, illustrated with hundreds of lively clay illustrations by Jo Litchfield.  The words are organized not alphabetically but by theme:  at home, in the city, at the beach, in the kitchen, basement workshop, birthday party, etc.  (I’m guessing at these from memory!)

I did buy a set of Hebrew flashcards with many of the same illustrations, but there are only 100, many of which are just colours, so they’re not going to be too helpful.

I like how on each page of the Everyday Words books, like in this “bedroom” spread, there are a number of objects that need to be found.  In the picture below, the instruction says to find four spiders.  (I seem to remember having to find SIX spiders in the Hebrew version!)

The book is especially wonderful because it’s entirely self-explanatory, even though there is no English visible on the page.  Although it says it’s for kids, I can imagine myself using it again and again (in private, at home, to look things up ahead of time that I might need to say in public – I wouldn’t bring it with me!)

If you have seen this book… if you have any clue where to get it… please do let me know.  And if you spot it and want your kids to learn Hebrew, grab it for them; they’ll love it! image