Kids, Gillingham- Alpha, Bravo, Charlie

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A graphically stunning, first-ever volume of nautical codes for children (and children at heart)!

This stunning visual reference is an introduction to maritime communication through nautical flags, along with Morse Code, the phonetic alphabet, and semaphore signaling.

Today's system of international maritime signal flags was developed in the 19th century, and is still used for communication between ships, or between ship and shore. Each flag, boldly colored for visual distinction at sea, stands for a letter as well as a phrase relevant to seafaring. The resulting code is both beautiful and functional, inviting readers to code and decode messages of their own!

2016, Sarah Gillingham, 120 pages, hardcover

Ages 6 - 9, Kindergarten - Grade 2


"...Letter by letter, A to Z, each nautical signal flag is listed with its name, its current meaning, and a short description of a likely situation for its use. Each explanation repeats the use of the phonetic alphabet word (e.g., DELTA) several times and is followed by a full-page rendering of the flag. (The A and B flags have the appropriate V-shaped cutout on the right.) The page immediately after that includes, again, the phonetic alphabet word, the Morse code sound and light signal, semaphore positions (sketched with a sailor with flags), and a short description of a boat or ship that might make use of the signal. The bold colors of the signal flags are carried throughout the volume, making for a lively design." --School Library Journal

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