An Inconvenient Alphabet

Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution

An Inconvenient Alphabet

Illustrated by: Elizabeth Baddeley
For Ages: 4 - 8
“Delightful, relatable, and eye-catchingly illustrated.” —School Library Journal
Deelytful and iloominaating for noo and seesuned reeders alyk.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Thought-provoking and entertaining.” —School Library Connection
“Engaging...A comprehensible, lively read.” —Publishers Weekly

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.
  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781534405554 | 
  • September 2018 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Beth Anderson
Tina Wood Photography

Beth Anderson

Beth Anderson, a former English as a Second Language teacher, thinks her students would have appreciated Ben and Noah’s big idea. An Inconvenient Alphabet is her first book. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives in Colorado. You can visit her at BethAndersonWriter.com.

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