By Michael Rosen
Publish 12 months note: First released January 1st 2013
How in the world did we repair upon our twenty-six letters, what do they truly suggest, and the way did we come to put in writing them down within the first position?
Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable event throughout the historical past of the alphabet in twenty-six bright chapters, fizzing with own anecdotes and engaging proof. beginning with the mysterious Phoenicians and the way sounds first got here to be written down, he races directly to exhibit how nonsense poems paintings, pins down the unusual tale of okay, strains our 5 misplaced letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, between many many different issues. His heroes of the alphabet diversity from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the 2 scribes of Beowulf to rappers. every one bankruptcy takes on a unique topic - no matter if it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters certainly leaps off the web page, no matter if it's the tale of his existence informed throughout the typewriters he's owned or a bankruptcy on jokes written in a string of gags and note video games.
This is the ebook for somebody who's ever puzzled why Hawaiian simply has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how precisely to put in writing the sound of a wild raspberry.
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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen