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An Inconvenient Alphabet, Ben Franklin & Noah Webster’s Spelling Revolution

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Written by Beth Anderson
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 48 pages | ISBN 9781534405554
September 25, 2018
Ages 4-8 | Grades P – 3
List Price $17.99 (price may vary by retailer)

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Do you ever wish English was eezeeyer to spell? Ben Franklin and Noah Webster did! 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.

Reviews:
“Both Anderson’s text and Baddeley’s illustrations are energetic and compelling… Deelytful and iloominaating for noo and seesuned reeders alyk.” See the full review from Kirkus HERE.

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…  School Library Journal

School Library Journal’s Alternative Anticipated Children’s Books of Fall 2018 List

“Thought-provoking and entertaining.” —School Library Connection
“Engaging…A comprehensible, lively read.” —Publishers Weekly

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