What Makes Us Human (Hardcover)

What Makes Us Human By Victor D. O. Santos, Anna Forlati (Illustrator) Cover Image

What Makes Us Human (Hardcover)


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"The profundity of the topic of language itself hits its mark. A beautiful addition to all libraries." -- School Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

A poetic riddle about language, history, and culture, released in partnership with UNESCO in honor of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032).

Can you guess what I am? I have been around a very, very long time. You hardly knew me as a baby, but now you cannot get me out of your head. There are thousands of me, all over the globe, and some of those forms are disappearing. I can connect you to the past, present, and future. Who am I--and why am I so important to humanity?

Clever and thought-provoking, What Makes Us Human is an accessible introduction to how language connects people across the world. This unique book celebrates all the amazing ways communication shapes our lives, including through text messages on phones, Braille buttons in elevators, and endangered languages at risk of disappearing.

Victor D.O. Santos is a linguist and children's author who has lived in five different countries and studied ten different languages. My Dad, My Rock, his English-language debut (Scribble), was a Kirkus Best Book of 2022. Originally from Brazil, Victor now lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where he and his Ukrainian wife are raising two multicultural, multilingual children. Follow Victor on Instagram @linguacious_llc. Anna Forlati is an artist and illustrator whose books include Yoga Poses for Kids (Albert Whitman) and My Dad, My Rock (Scribble). What Makes Us Human was featured in dPICTUS's Unpublished Picture Book Showcase and was exhibited at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Anna has studied Greek and Latin and is currently learning Arabic. She lives in Turin, Italy. Visit Anna's website at annaforlati.com.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802856258
ISBN-10: 080285625X
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 48
Language: English