What Makes Us ­Human

­Eerdmans. Mar. 2024. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780802856258.
Gr 2-6–What separates humans from all other species is the ability to speak, read, write, and hear language. With close to half of the world’s languages threatened by extinction by the year 2100, this book offers some information and purpose. Done in riddle format, the story gives readers clues as to what makes language unique. Written from the unusual perspective of language’s point of view, it will make readers wonder more with every turn of a page. Simple yet effective text features one or two sentences that provide clues or riddles for readers to try and guess. “I am everywhere. In every country, every city, every school, and every house.” Illustrations are beautifully rendered in earthy tones that are colorful, yet calming. People featured in the book are of many different cultures and countries shown in traditional dress. Additional information at the end of the book details the importance of different languages.
VERDICT Despite being brief, the profundity of the topic of language itself hits its mark. A beautiful addition to all libraries.

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