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Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet [Hardcover]

Chris L. Demarest

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Book Description

June 1 2005
Using words to represent each letter of the alphabet is called the International Communications Alphabet (ICA). This alphabet is utilized by the United States military and throughout all civil aviation to clarify and strengthen communications.
Complete with the signal flags that the United States Navy has created to give each letter a color-coded shape, Chris Demarest's dynamic alphabet book honors the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in our armed forces -- and will thoroughly engage young

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; New title edition (June 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689869282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689869280
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 31.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,972,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-This brightly colored picture book introduces young readers to the International Communications Alphabet (ICA), which is used by the military and aviation industry. Each page presents the special ICA word and signal flag representing a letter along with a realistic illustration and one line of descriptive alliterative text using the featured letter. Packed with action and military terms, the text can be somber ("Unidentified American soldiers lie in rest at the Tomb of the Unknowns") and also controversial ("The Navy deploys a destroyer to help defend world peace"). Done in pastels, the illustrations pop right off the pages and depict many aspects of the military from soldiers and marines to medical personnel and journalists. An author's note provides information about the ICA, but children old enough to be curious about this subject will probably want more details and anecdotes. Still, this unique alphabet book will capture the attention of youngsters with military connections or interests.-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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K-Gr. 3. Not your typical alphabet book, this uses the military alphabet, which designates a distinctive word to stand for each letter to minimize misunderstandings during verbal communication. The large-format volume illustrates each letter with its corresponding U.S. Navy signal flag and a scene from the American armed forces. The words representing the letters range from Alpha to Zulu. Other words beginning with same letter appear in the caption: "Tango / A tank thunders across the terrain" and "Foxtrot / Foot soldiers wear bulletproof flak jackets." In an appended author's note, Demarest discusses the history and purpose of the military alphabet. Younger children will probably be most interested in the many colorful illustrations of military personnel and equipment. Composition and subject matter are varied and dynamic, contributing to the vivid sense of urgency and engagement in many of the scenes. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing - and unparalleled Nov. 4 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Unique for both children and adults is Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet, a picture book providing An A-Z military alphabet including military terms and insights. Kids in grades 6-10 receive a survey of the International Communications Alphabet, used by the US military and throughout civil aviation, and will receive signal flags the navy created to give each letter a color-coded shape. Very intriguing - and unparalleled.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 28 2012
By NWA Momma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 5 year old son loves jets right now and this book is perfect to teach him the military alphabet. The illustrations are good and it's a good price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Appeals to a wide age range! Dec 5 2012
By Abigail Pogvara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 20-month-old son has been reading this with his father and me for about 6 months now, and it's one of his favorites. He usually asks us to read it at least once a day. It is a little long for him, so sometimes he'll get distracted by another toy half-way through, but he'll always come back to finish it.

There are lots of interesting things going on in the illustrations, which cover military history from the second world war up to the present. It's very neat to see how there is still something that interests my son, as his fascination shifts from dogs (shrieking "Puppy!" every time we got to K is for Kilo--detailing a K-9 unit) to Airplanes (Z is for Zulu--Zoom! as a jet takes off and my son makes zooming motions.) This book is a good choice for active boys as well as those who will sit still for longer periods.

I also really enjoyed that there is a more in-depth explanation of what each illustration depicts detailed in the back of the book. So, while on the page for L is for Lima the text reads "Marines, known as Leathernecks, make a beachhead landing," at the back of the book, you get more information telling you that the beachhead landing shown is from the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day. This makes the book interesting for me as a parent, and also adds to its longevity as a part of my son's library.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Golf, Oscar, Oscar, Delta Nov. 3 2008
By Delaney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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We still enjoy this book even though my son is beyond learning the alphabet. You see the letter of the alphabet, the military alphabet word that corresponds and a picture that represents the scene. All the branches of the service are represented.

At the end of the book you get a little education in the Military Alphabet and some info on the use of naval flags to communicate. Its an informative and fun book.

We like to send letters to Grandpa signed with our military alphabet names.
5.0 out of 5 stars Appeals to little kids and big kids March 13 2014
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book will teach kids that different types of alphabets are in use in the military. There are signal flags and the military alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie, delta.

There are good illustrations for every letter.

Please note: the page for Dd Delta shows a naval destroyer, and there is a detail wrong. The missile bay is much too small. It should nearly be the width of the destroyer. The rest of the illustrations seem very accurate.

I'm a kid. It's important to get the illustrations right so that veterans don't complain or feel dishonored.
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