Navajo Code Talkers
During World War II, the U.S. military found themselves searching for a form of communication that could not be deciphered by the enemy. Their solution was nothing short of brilliant. They enlisted the aid of native speakers of Navajo and developed an elaborate code based on the Navajo language. Unlike other secret codes that could easily be broken, the Navajo people spoke a difficult language that very few outsiders understood. Read all about the Code Talkers, the code that could not be decrypted by the enemy, and how that code helped win the war, with the Navajo Code Talkers graphic novel.
About Graphic Novels:
Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels - which we used to refer to as comic books - though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.
You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.
If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.
If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.
Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.
There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.
Illustrator: Marcel P Massegú
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: Capstone Press
Made In: USA
Age Recommencdation: 8-14 years
My teen loves this book. He likes reading books on wars and this was an easy, understandable way for him to learn about the Navajo Code Talkers.
My son loves everything about codes and secret codes. This was definitely a hit with him. He’s in 7th grade.
My 15 year old daughter will love this book. She has not learned about the Navajo Code Talkers yet, but I am sure she will be interested. Thank you for offering it as a free gift.