A brief introduction to a sailor's life in the Navy, including training, jobs, and life after service.
Children's Literature - Heather N. KolichHigh-interest, detailed action photographs and brief, carefully crafted sentences tell the story of life as a sailor in the U.S. Navy in this selection from the "People of the U.S. Armed Forces" series. Guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, guided-missile frigate USS Thatch, and guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper process toward the reader in the opening pages, as the story explains that U.S. Navy sailors guard oceans and waterways globally. During basic training, recruits learn to fight fires in the interior spaces of ships. When they become sailors, they train for specific jobs, such as steering the ships, maintaining and using weapons equipment, or directing or flying Navy planes from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Reed includes interesting facts about living aboard a Navy ship and describes the naval bases where sailors who are not at sea live. Photo researcher Jo Miller's photograph selections convey the action and excitement of Navy life, yet retain a personal feel for the individual sailors. The story concludes with a general description of what sailors can do in their careers after leaving the Navy. In the end pages, a glossary and sources for finding more information about the Navy share space with a panoramic side-view of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. An index and reading level information complete the book. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich
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