From the Intergalactic Space Station, Ali peered through the orbit meter set on Alexandria, Egypt around 2,000 years ago and began to sweat. Seeing the orange flames soaring higher and higher, he imagined the sound of crackling as the precious old parchments vanished. At hand was the very destruction of recorded knowledge! “King Alexander the Great did not have this Library built to lose it now!”, he explained to the city fathers. He went on to suggest, “What we know, once in the now burned books, must be written again creating books both new and old. We must find Zanzibar and his Zany Crew. My glimpse through the orbit meter/time machine reveals a future wherein the diffusion of the English language is as widespread as a fresh carpet of winter snow.” “Hurray!”, they shouted, “if many know English and we write so, the sentences, both new and old, may comprehensively grow!” This is a story recounted in a fanciful way using the true incident of the burning of the famous Library of Alexandria, Egypt, including its contents, more than two thousand years ago as a context. Joyfully in 2008, on the Egyptian coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the inauguration of the new Library of Alexandria was celebrated. The requirement of the Library to make available many texts, both new and old, is used in this book as a context for sharing the mechanics of English sentence construction. Join us as Zanzibar, appointed by the city leaders, finds the crew needed to construct and reconstruct the books, both new and old, of the ancient Library of Alexandria.
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About the Author
Throughout her life, Ann Davidoff devoted herself to the lives of children. In addition to raising her own family, she was the director of a preschool and holds a master's degree in child development from Tufts University.
From her extensive knowledge of children's literature, she came to appreciate the deep human truths it can provide to its readers. She also recognized that writing literature for children enables authors to learn much about themselves.
Ann was born a Midwesterner (Des Moines, Iowa) but spent the rest of her life in the east. She attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Radcliffe) and New York City (Barnard) then lived in the Boston area, where she directed a preschool and obtained her master's degree in childhood development from the Elliott-Pearson Graduate School at Tufts University. She also lived in Philadelphia and the Hartford (CT) area, where she consulted and taught about child development. She wrote Rose and Raven in 2011–2014.
She died of cancer in 2015 and is survived by her husband, two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren."