A new children’s book series released ahead of Hanukkah seeks to introduce young readers to the mitzvot of helping others and saving lives through the work of Israel’s national emergency service organization, Magen David Adom.
Developed through a partnership between the American Friends of Magen David Adom and Apple & Honey Press, the multi-part illustrated book, "Avi the Ambulance Goes to School," follows the adventures of an eager young ambulance who dreams of rescuing people. The stories help children learn more about Israel and the important work for the country’s first responders.
“'Avi the Ambulance' shows how Jewish values are observed, learned, and applied,” says writer-illustrator Claudia Carlson. “Children can discover concepts such as Piku’ach Nefesh, the importance of saving lives; Z’rizut, contributing to society enthusiastically and swiftly; and Hakarat Hatov, expressing appreciation to others for their help.”
The book is available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and at many Judaica book fairs and stores. The book will be followed by "Avi to the Rescue," which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2016.