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This book takes us on a journey with the written word—from its roots in the need for communicating with people far away and keeping a record of what was said through its modern iterations. Robb discusses the different types of written language, the development from pictographic to phonemic representations. He shows the developments between the Sinaitic, Phoenician, Early Greek, Classical Greek, and Roman alphabets, and even discusses what kinds of differences might have existed in the phonic sounds of the words made with them. He gives thorough, but easy-to-read and entertaining backstory to the reasoning behind why the letters look like they do. For example, the letter A was originally a picture of an Ox, and its Semitic name, aelph, sounds a lot like alpha, which is what the Greeks called it. Robb explains that when we turn the A upside down, it still retains the horns of the ox after which it was named. Every letter of our alphabet has a backstory, and Robb delivers them all, with fantastic, whimsical illustrations by Anne Smith. When he’s not telling the stories of each letter, he discusses things like the development of spacing between words, why we read from left to right, the development of consonants and vowels, the order of the letters in the alphabet, the development of papyrus and paper, styles of letters (serif, sans serif, boldface, italics), and the invention of the printing press. A timeline and list of resources categorized by age group make this book a complete volume for children and adults alike who are interested in knowing a little more about why we write the way we do.
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