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.
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