An Inconvenient Alphabet
An Inconvenient Alphabet
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An Inconvenient Alphabet

Written by Beth Anderson & illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Published by Simon and Schuster-Paula Wiseman Books
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What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

Do you ever wish English was eez-ee-yer to spell? Ben Franklin and Noah Webster did! Debut author Beth Anderson and the New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Dissent, Elizabeth Baddeley, tell the story of two patriots and their attempt to revolutionize the English alphabet. 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.

What Kind of Book is An Inconvenient Alphabet

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Consider the pros and cons of changing the alphabet and spelling today - what would you change? Would you vote to reform our language?
  • How did Ben Franklin respond to failure? What does that tell you about him?
  • When is the "greater good" worth inconvenience or difficulties for individuals?

Reviews

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    This children's book tells the fascinating story of Ben Franklin and Noah Webster's attempt to revolutionize spelling in colonial America. A hefty amount of historical information is conveyed in an interesting and entertaining manner. It's on the long side for children's books, but it's very educational and worth the effort.

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    “Both Anderson’s text and Baddeley’s illustrations are energetic and compelling… Deelytful and iloominaating for noo and seesuned reeders alyk.”

    School Library Journal
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    The combination of bold illustrations, humorous anecdotes, and fabulous storytelling makes this true tale anything but boring…a delightful, relatable, and eye-catchingly illustrated tale…

    Publisher's Weekly
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    “Engaging…A comprehensible, lively read.”

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Book Details

ISBN
9781534405554
Publication Date
September 25, 2018
Reading Age
5 - 10 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2017061223
ASIN/ISBN 10
1534405550
Lexile® Level
680L
ATOS® Book Level
3.9
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
197764
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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