The Sailor’s Alphabet

Bibliographic Information: McCurdy, Michael. The Sailors Alphabet. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Print.

Brief Annotation: This story travels through the 26 letter of the alphabet in terms of a United States Navy frigate – analyzing parts of the ship and the daily tasks of the sailors.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Students will have an interest in history will enjoy this book because it depicts the daily life of a sailor.

Rating/ Response: 3 – This story accurately represents each of the letters of the alphabet and relates each with a part of the frigate. However, I wish there was more history included.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who knows what a frigate is?

Reading strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for strategy: This story covers the importance of the building of America – before machines took over. Many men and boys spent their lives on ships – and this story helps us to see the lives they lived.

Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin


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