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Anderson, Beth

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

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley. Before he became a lexicographer, Webster wanted individual letters to have specific correlations to unique sounds. Along with Franklin, he proposed a new alphabet with additional letters. Here readers see the development--and ultimate failure--of the plan that is the foundation for compiling his American Dictionary of the English Language. Colorful digital illustrations show a lightheartedness that belies Webster's sacrifices but complements the text's tone. Bib.


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