The War Between the Vowels and the Consonants by Priscilla Turner

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The unknown history of letters

For as long as any letter could remember, Vowels and Consonants had been enemies.

U without N? Q without U? Mpssh! you say. Yet once, long ago, P's and Q's minded their p's and q's, and though U and I deserved not one iota of respect. For their part, Vowels knew only that the dot on the youngest i was far moe important than the most capital W.

And so they came to wage a fierce war to prove who were the better letters. But as S's outflank E's and O's surround H's, an enemy of all the alphabet appers on the horizon--one which neither Vowels or Consonants can conquer alone.

In this hilarious look at the hidden life of letters, Priscilla and Whitney Turner reveal how sworn enemies become allies and discovered what you and I now take for granted: that the pen is mightier than the swrd.
 

About Priscilla Turner

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Priscilla Turner lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with her husband and two children.A teacher and illustrator, Whitney Turner is Priscilla's younger brother and lives in New York City.
 
Published September 10, 1999 by Square Fish. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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' '' Sprouting stick limbs and large hats, the letters, uppercase if adult, lowercase when young, swarm antlike across cleanly drawn backdrops.

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""The Turners trump standard alphabet books with this singular story, which concludes as the battling letters finally unite to fight a greater foe: a giant, illegible scribble,"" said PW.

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Good, strong, snapping noises."" Petty skirmishes escalate into a civil war: Vowels strategize (""We'll hit them with our screeching sounds""), Consonants attack an EIEIO formation (""Let those barnyard sounds try to stop the snarling GRRR's"") and Y's become ""a house divided."" The Turners, a s...

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