A-dventure-Z: The Story of the Alphabet

by Ada Yardeni

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Retail: $22.50
Size: 8.25 x 8.25 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 86
Pub Date: 2003
ISBN: 9789652205315
ISBN-13: 9789652205315
Item Number: 567625

Product Description

An amusement for children and parents alike, A-dventure-Z: The Story of the Alphabet illustrates the history and development of the ancient signs which eventually led to the creation of the Roman alphabet. The letters of the alphabet have a common ancestor. Under the influence of Egyptian hieroglyphics, early signs used for the writing of the ancient Canaanite language in the second millennium B.C.E. evolved and split into different alphabetical systems, such as Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Arabic. This book’s informative text contains rich palaeographical, historical and linguistic information. The whimsical full-page color illustrations leap from the page and draw the reader into the story of the alphabet. Beautifully bound and printed, A-dventure-Z is a delightful educational gift to give to a child.


"THIS IS a clever book...especially fascinating for bilingual families. It deals with the growth of the letters of the alphabet from the early Semitic languages and the particular relationship between Hebrew, English, and Arabic. The full-page colour illustrations come with a black and white key, tracing the evolution of the original pictograms. Nicely bound and printed, it makes a modest but valuable present."

-Mike Ronen, The Jerusalem Post

Author Bio

Ada Yardeni received a Ph.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in ancient Semitic languages, paleography, and epigraphy. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on ancient Semitic languages, paleography, and epigraphy and has published several books and numerous articles on these and other subjects.