An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution
Illustrator: Elizabeth Baddeley
Once upon a revolutionary time, two great American patriots tried to make life easier. They knew how hard it was to spell words in English. They knew that sounds didn’t match letters. They knew that the problem was an inconvenient English alphabet.
In 1786, Ben Franklin, at age eighty, and Noah Webster, twenty-eight, teamed up. Their goal? Make English easier to read and write. But even for great thinkers, what seems easy can turn out to be hard.
Children today will be delighted to learn that when they “sound out” words, they are doing eg-zakt-lee what Ben and Noah wanted.
Author’s note. Research note. Illustrator’s note. Quotation sources. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations rendered using a mix of traditional and digital media.
JLG Release: Dec 2018
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11" x 9"
Level 3.9; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A