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The language of angels : a story about the reinvention of Hebrew

Author: Richard Michelson; Karla Gudeon
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Once there was a child without a friend. Ben-Zion's father insisted that his son speak only Hebrew, considered by some as the language of angels. But in the 1880s, the Jewish people who lived in Jerusalem spoke Yiddish or the languages of the places where they grew up. Hebrew hadn't been in everyday use for more than two thousand years, and adults said it could never be revived.
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Genre/Form: Picture books
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Named Person: Eliezer Ben-Yehuda; Eliezer Ben-Yehuda; Eliezer Ben-Yehuda; Eliezer Ben-Yehuda
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Michelson; Karla Gudeon
ISBN: 9781580896368 1580896367 1607348969 9781607348962 1607348977 9781607348979
OCLC Number: 913712184
Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Picture Book, 2018
Target Audience: 690L
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Responsibility: Richard Michelson ; illustrated by Karla Gudeon.

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Once there was a child without a friend. Ben-Zion's father insisted that his son speak only Hebrew, considered by some as the language of angels. But in the 1880s, the Jewish people who lived in Jerusalem spoke Yiddish or the languages of the places where they grew up. Hebrew hadn't been in everyday use for more than two thousand years, and adults said it could never be revived.

"This is the story of how one man and his son brought Hebrew back into common use. It's a story about how language changes and grows. And it's a story about how one person can make a difference"--Jacket.

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