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DOCTOR ESPERANTO
AND THE LANGUAGE OF HOPE
 coming from Candlewick Press
March 12, 2019



Doctor Esperanto cover

Meet the boy who made up his own language—and brought hope to millions!


Life was harsh in the town of Bialystok, and Leyzer Zamenhof thought he knew why. Russian, Polish, German, Yiddish—with every group speaking a different language, how could people understand each other? Without understanding, how could there be peace?

Zamenhof had an idea: a "universal" second language everyone could speak. But a language that would be easy to learn was not so easy to invent, especially when even his own father stood between him and his dream. Yet when at last in 1887 "Doctor Esperanto" sent his words into the world, a boy's idea became a community that spread across the globe.

Author Mara Rockliff and Polish illustrator Zosia Dzierżawska bring to life the story of Esperanto—the language of hope.



DOCTOR ESPERANTO AND THE LANGUAGE OF HOPE
By Mara Rockliff
Illustrated by Zosia Dzierżawska
Picture Book
Candlewick Press
ISBN 978-0763689155

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