The Navy Seals


U.S. Navy SEALs are some of the best soldiers in the world. From driving underwater vehicles to using powerful weapons, SEALs are prepared to take on any mission. Learn more about how these skilled soldiers work on sea, land, and in the air to keep the nation safe.

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U.S. Navy SEALs are some of the best soldiers in the world. From driving underwater vehicles to using powerful weapons, SEALs are prepared to take on any mission. Learn more about how these skilled soldiers work on sea, land, and in the air to keep the nation safe.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kip Wilson
One of titles in the "First Facts" series, this book presents basic information about the most elite branch of the U. S. Navy, which often conducts water operations under the cover of darkness. Besel captures young readers' interest with an account of a generic yet exciting water mission to rescue a hostage, then provides a description of what this branch does and how they conduct operations, including the equipment and tools they use. Simple, understandable text, together with colorful images, combine to capture the interest of young readers. Glossary terms are marked in bold in the text, and are well-defined at the bottom of the page and in the back of the book for reference, and a helpful index in the back of the book is also included. Short fact bubbles on each spread provide interesting details about what life as a Navy Seal is like. This interesting read provides a great springboard for young readers wanting to learn about the armed services in general, or specifically about what it takes to become a member of this elite branch. Reviewer: Kip Wilson
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—The first chapter of each title is a contrived scenario in which the featured special force challenges a foe and is victorious in a matter of two pages. Content is limited though vocabulary is relatively good. Unfamiliar words are printed in blue in a large font and defined in boxes at the bottom of the page, as well as in a glossary. Most of the photos have an "erased spot" with a "FACT" printed in it. Some readers will notice that in Green Berets there is only one photo of anyone wearing a beret, and it is black. In Delta Force, a caption describes a photo of a group of Middle Eastern men as containing a "gorilla" (meaning guerrilla). Bits of text in each title are similar, though not quite verbatim. Students, having read one book, will essentially have read all four. References to Afghanistan and to the Taliban will rapidly date these titles. The simple story lines and easy reading level do not salvage them.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429653800
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Elite Military Forces Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,421,617
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Besel has the best job in the world—writing and editing books for kids! Her book The Captivating, Creative, Unusual History of Comic Books was a 2011 notable book from the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children's Book Council, and the TriState Young Adult Review Committee. It was also a 2010 VOYA honor book. Jen reads, writes, and plays in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband and two sons.
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Table of Contents

A Rescue in the Waves 4

Fighters from the Sea 8

Becoming a Navy Seal 12

A Seal's Equipment 16

Jumping In 20

Glossary 22


Internet Sites 23

Index 24

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