An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution

by Beth Anderson; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
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About This Book

If you're not one to think spelling is fun, wait until you see some of the spelling in this book!  In an attempt to make English easier to read and write, Ben Frankin (you know who that is) and Noah Webster (the guy who eventually started the dictionary -- yup, that Webster!) teamed up to make our inconvenient alphabet a little more convenient.  Did it work?  Not really.  If it did, maybe you'd regularly see something like the following excerpt from the book:

"Spelling Reeform!

Bild the karacter of this great nayshun!

Amerikan Inglish!

Just rite wut yu heer.  With wurds that ar eezeeyer to spel, reeding, writing, and speeking wil improov!"

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