Celebrating the World's Languages

Book - 2013
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How did language come to be? Why can we speak, while cats and dogs can't? When, how, and where did our 7,000 world languages come from? Isabella looks at languages-- spoken, written and signed-- to find out where they came from and how they're changing.
Publisher: Toronto, ON ; Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9781554537877
Branch Call Number: 401 ISABELLA j
Characteristics: 44 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Boake, Kathy
Alternative Title: Chit chat


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ksoles Sep 11, 2014

Discussing topics like how babies acquire language, how humans create and change languages and how slang impacts language, "Chitchat" provides a charming exploration of the spoken word for a young reader. With only 48 pages, the book merely skims the surface of language issues but its friendly tone, illustrations and register will appeal to 8-12 year olds.

Jude Isabella presents informational text packed with quirky facts and trivia, a fascinating overview that lends humour to the topic of how language functions in the world.


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