By Michael Rosen
Publish 12 months note: First released January 1st 2013
How on the earth did we repair upon our twenty-six letters, what do they honestly suggest, and the way did we come to write down them down within the first position?
Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable experience in the course of 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 convey 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. each one bankruptcy takes on a special topic - no matter if it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters definitely leaps off the web page, even if it's the tale of his lifestyles 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 e-book for somebody who's ever puzzled why Hawaiian merely 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