Monday, November 10, 2014

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (ספר המכונית הגדול)

ספר המכונית הגדול by Richard Scarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Category: Hardcover (available in English and Hebrew)

Hebrew Title: ספר המכונית הגדול

Author’s Name in Hebrew: ריצרד סקרי

Age: 1-5+ years

Synopsis: “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” is an over-sized encyclopedia of cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, and more from famed author and illustrator, Richard Scarry. The book follows a pig family as they prepare for and embark on a road trip to the beach.

Bilingual benefit: This book is a must for all bilingual English-Hebrew-speaking vehicle aficionados. The whole family has learned the English and Hebrew names of vehicles from the ordinary ("mail truck" is “משאית דואר”) to the unusual (“steamroller” is “מכבש קיטור”) to the just plain absurd (“banana car” is “מכוננה”). We can even talk – in English and Hebrew! – about which vehicles might come to the rescue if it ever were to snow again in Jerusalem. This book has provided the whole family with many hours of discussion in English and Hebrew that often runs something like this: What is that car called? Who is driving the limousine? Let’s look for all the excavators in the book! Can you find the piggy family on the page?

Availability in Israel: The Hebrew version is available in Steimatzky or Tzomet Sfarim. I have also seen it advertised on the websites of a number of independent bookstores in Israel. The English version can be ordered online on Amazon.

Previewing the book: The English version is available for preview online on Amazon. You can preview the Hebrew version in Steimatzky or Tzomet Sfarim.

Lil guy: A regular, multiple-times a day read.

Mama: I would definitely recommend this book for all car connoisseurs in the under 5 crowd this side of the Mediterranean.

Bilingual Resources

Children's books available in both English and Hebrew

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