Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Sailor’s Alphabet

The Sailor's Alphabet is a must for any child that loves ships. The words are an actual sea shanty from the 1800’s. Each page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and a part of a 1837 United States Navy frigate.

A is the anchor and that you all know,
B is the bowsprit that’s over the bow,
C is the capstan with which we heave ’round,
and D are the decks where sailors are found.....

A definition is also provided for each part. For instance: CAPSTAN: A large, spool shaped winch on a ship’s deck that is used for hauling up sails or anchors. It is turned by sailors using capstan bars.

Illustrated with an appealing woodcut style and printed on attractive ivory paper, this book has that something special feeling.

Ages 6-9

Activity: Learn to tie a bowline. This cool site shows animated knots.


  1. I am very excited to read this one!

    You do such a great job with this blog!

    I'm a former librarian and current homeschooler (and I majored in History), so I am your biggest, nerdiest fan! :)

  2. I'd love to see ANY one of your posts about living literature submitted to the Charlotte Mason Carnival that I'm hosting next Tuesday!

  3. love your blog.. i'm now a follower!
    I have 4 kids and my 11 year old son is a history fanatic. So all your recommendations will be much appreciated! Thanks for sharing all these great finds.

  4. Thank you for all the nice comments. I have been trying to make time for blogging this week but something has come up with my dear 90+ year old aunt. I need to drive across country to give her a hug and tell her goodbye for what looks like the last time. What a great lady. And what a great life she has had. She served in the Red Cross in China during WWII and actually dated the Enola Gay co-pilot. She got a pilot's license herself and has lived in so many interesting places. She has inspired me. And she has made me laugh!

    Cindy, I will try to get that blog carnival submission to you before Tuesday.