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Doctor Esperanto and the Language of Hope Hardcover – Picture Book, March 12, 2019

4.9 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2–4—Dr. Esperanto, the pseudonym of L. L. Zamenhof, comes out of deep obscurity in this intriguing picture book biography. Growing up in Poland, Zamenhof spoke several languages. While he graduated from medical school and practiced as an opthamologist, his passion was creating a universal language so everyone could understand one another and live in harmony. The story deftly explains Zamenhof's attempts to create Esperanto. It also delves into his father's lack of encouragement. The story ends on a positive note, with Zamenhof joining a hopeful international conference on Esperanto in Paris. A page explaining why the language might be beneficial is appended. Further biographical information is also included. This is a true picture book, with no index. The text is fairly brief. Softly colored cartoon illustrations show various, mostly European cultures. The overall feeling is warm and optimistic. This is an inspiring story of determination and hope. VERDICT Recommended in part because there are no other books about Esperanto or Zamenhof for this grade range. Especially useful for adults interested in the language who want to share their enthusiasm with their students or children in their lives.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

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This delightful story deserves its charming illustrations, rendered in pen and ink and assembled digitally. They spread more cheer as Leyzer travels to France to attend a universal congress of Esperanto and share his language in person. Appended back matter relates more facts about Zamenhof and Esperanto’s simple structure. This inspiring, overlooked historical figure showed that experimentation isn’t limited to science.
—Booklist

Leyzer Zamenhof hated war and conflict. He lived in late-19th-century Bialystok (then part of the Russian Empire), where a diverse, distrustful population spoke many languages. He believed that a common language could bring everyone together, so he began the task of inventing that language...Unusual and fascinating.
—Kirkus Reviews

Softly colored cartoon illustrations show various, mostly European cultures. The overall feeling is warm and optimistic. This is an inspiring story of determination and hope. Recommended in part because there are no other books about Esperanto or Zamenhof for this grade range. Especially useful for adults interested in the language who want to share their enthusiasm with their students or children in their lives.
—School Library Journal

Product details

  • Grade Level : 2 - 4
  • Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0763689157
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0763689155
  • Product Dimensions : 9.38 x 0.37 x 10.88 inches
  • Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated Edition (March 12, 2019)
  • Reading level : 7 - 9 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 10 ratings