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Alpha, Bravo, Charlie


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Alpha, Bravo, Charlie

Sara Gillingham

ISBN 978071487125
A graphically stunning, first-ever volume of nautical codes for children.

This extraordinary 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 devel-oped 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!

Created for ages 6-8 years.



The Author


Sara GillinghamSara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer. She was the Design Director for Children's Publishing at Chronicle Books and taught at UC Berkeley and California College of Arts. She created the 'In My' series for Chronicle, and the Empowerment Series for Abrams. She lives with her family in British Columbia, Canada.





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Could easily be used for secret communications between young friends (six to eight years old) determined to keep adults in the dark! Huffpost Parents

A handsomely designed alpha-to-zulu overview of nautical codes... 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. Publishers Weekly

Beautiful and functional, invite[s] readers to code and decode messages of their own. The Review Wire