All About Language Author:Mario Pei, Donat Ivanovsky (Illustrator) Why do we have languages at all? — How did they start? — How are they related? — Is one language harder than another? — Which language is spoken by the most people? — Should we have one language for everybody? — These are some of the questions that the author raises and answers in one of the most interesting books for young people that has appeared in... more » a long time. In clear easy-to-read text the author explains the growth of language, its use and its various families. Without ever writing down, he is able to make a complicated subject fascinating to the young reader.
Donat Ivanosky has made amusing drawings that amplify the text, and the author has provided illuminating maps. This absorbing story of how men communicate with each other will make vivid to all of us the importance and excitement of words.« less