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Alpha, Bravo, Charlie : The Complete Book of Nautical Codes
by Sara Gillingham


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A graphically stunning, first-ever volume of nautical codes for children

This stunning visual refence is an introduction to maritime communication through nautical flags, along with morse code, the phonetic alphabet, and semaphore signaling.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A graphically stunning, first-ever volume of nautical codes for children

This stunning visual refence 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


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780714871431
  • ISBN-10: 0714871435
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 120
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-05-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gillingam (How to Mend a Heart) delivers a handsomely designed alpha-to-zulu overview of nautical codes, focusing on signal flags and the NATO phonetic alphabet while also covering Morse code and semaphore. Weathered, silkscreenlike images of various vessels appear at left, joined by explanations of the flags’ meanings (“The tango is a complicated dance between two people. The TANGO flag is used to indicated a complicated movement that two ships make together”). Right-hand pages feature a pronunciation guide, a young sailor demonstrating each semaphore position, the Morse code translation, and details about the ships. In a lovely addition, the flags themselves are bound between the facing pages, printed on paper with a linen-y texture. It’s a fascinating and accessible tour of nautical communication past and present. Ages 5–7. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (May)

 
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