The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew

The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew

by Richard Michelson

In 1885, few Jews in Israel used the holy language of their ancestors, and Hebrew was in danger of being lost–until Ben-Zion and his father got involved. Through the help of his father and a community of children, Ben modernized the ancient language, creating a lexicon of new, modern words to bring Hebrew back into common usage. Historically influenced dialogue, engaging characters, and colorful art offer a linguistic journey about how language develops and how one person’s perseverance can make a real difference.

Influenced by illuminated manuscripts, Karla Gudeon’s illustrations bring Ben-Zion–and the rebirth of Hebrew–to life.


Ages: 5-up
Illustrated by: Karla Gudeon
ISBN: 9781580896368
Price: $16.99
Published by: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.

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