Richard Michelson: The Language of Angels

December 13, 2017 Free 0
(Photo: Dav!dB)
(Photo: Dav!dB)

Richard Michelson’s children’s books have been listed among the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker. His many books include “Too Young for Yiddish” and “Busing Brewster” (Knopf Books for Young Readers).

“The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew” tells the story of Hebrew’s revival. 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.

This event is a part of the Worcester JCC Author Series. The series is free and open to the public. For details, please contact Nancy Greenberg at or at (508) 756-7109 x232.

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