The Sailor's Alphabet
In the 1800s, when sailing ships ruled the seas, chanteys were sung by sailors as they worked. The Sailor's Alphabet is a traditional alphabet chantey that not only captures the spirit of these songs and their times but also affords a stem-to-stern tour of a U.S. Navy frigate. From the topsails to the forecastle to the keelson, McCurdy piques young readers' interest in the...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 30th 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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The preface for the story is more interesting than the actual book. Understanding what a chantey is, I had a hard time figuring out how you would create a sing-song rhythm. The pictures included plenty of detail. The words and the descriptions, while providing insight to a sailor's life, were not very interesting.