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Discover the NATO phonetic

alphabetand find layers of connection

in every letterin a stunning abecedarian
from celebrated artist Isabelle Arsenault.
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie . . . Since
1956, whenever time and clarity
are of the essence, everyone from
firefighters to air traffic controllers has
spelled out messages using the NATO
phonetic alphabet. Now, with equal
precisioninfused with a singular wit
and whimsyaward-winning authorillustrator Isabelle Arsenault interprets
this internationally recognized code and
makes it her own. From the elegant Tango
to the enigmatic Echo, from the humorous
Kilo to the haunting Romeo and Juliet, the
striking art in this remarkable ABC book
elicits laughter and curiosity, calls up
endless associations, and will draw back
the viewer again and again.

ISBN: 978-0-7636-7852-4
$18.99 ($18.99 CAN)
64 pages
Ages 58

On sale August 25, 2015


A Note by Creator Isabelle Arsenault

The NATO phonetic alphabet, or more accurately, the International

Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, is used by various emergency
services, including firefighters, police, the military, and the Red Cross,
as a way to communicate clearly and precisely in urgent situations.
When sending a message, each letter in the word is spelled out using
this alphabet. For example, cat would be Charlie-Alpha-Tango.
NATO adopted a standardized version of this alphabet in 1956 and
has used it ever since. In some versions, Alpha appears as Alfa and
Juliet becomes Juliett.
In addition to being a helpful way to learn the alphabet, this
abecedarian offers the reader a way of communicating in an
internationally recognized code. Each page, each letter, each
word, and each image invite investigation, increase vocabulary,
and offer the reader an opportunity to reflect on the many possible
interpretations each letter holds.

Isabelle Arsenault is the acclaimed illustrator of

Jane, the Fox, and Me, winner of the Governor
Generals Award for Childrens Illustration, and
numerous other picture books. She lives in Quebec.
Photo by Dominique Lafond