Flying Colors: A Guide to Flags from Around the World
Flying Colors: A Guide to Flags from Around the World

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Annotation: Provides facts about the history of flags from around the world and explains what the various symbols and colors on the flags reveal about the countries they represent.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #183792
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Consortium
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 109 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-908714-46-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4992-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-908714-46-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4992-3
Dewey: 929.9
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Who knew the study of flags (vexillology) could be so much fun? This appealing book should answer any questions young readers might have about world flags. It describes what the different crosses, saltires, tribands, bends, stars, suns, circles, bicolors, and animals (mythical and real) on the world's flags represent. Many flag symbols reflect the political struggle countries have experienced or show hopes and beliefs. Intriguing little brown-skinned robed figures are shown carrying the different symbols that illustrate each flag. Opening comprehension questions help guide reading, and there are plenty of interesting facts about flags across the world. A glossary offers explanations for parts of a flag, while vintage-style illustrations cleverly help represent the recognizable geography of different countries. Blank end pages give readers space to design their own flags (not ideal for library collections). Despite the lack of an index and the difficulty sometimes in distinguishing between dark blue and dark green on some flags, this is a surprisingly moving and informative book.
Publishers Weekly
Readers who are intrigued by signs and symbols will find a treasure trove of information in this handbook of world flags. Miniature figures dressed in pillowy uniforms (they are -vexillogists,- individuals who study flags) serve as guides to what flag colors and symbols represent. Jacobs explores the meanings of crosses (the Dominican Republic-s flag); tribands (including the flags of Belgium, Italy, and Peru); crescent moons (the Libyan flag); suns and circles (the Indian and Japanese flags); and other design features. Snippets of world history serve to further convey how the flags came to be and what they mean: -Eritrea was annexed to Ethiopia. The Eritrean People-s Liberation Front (EPLF) fought a bloody battle against this new occupation. The star in their flag demonstrates the group-s socialist revolutionary ideals.- Jacobs-s intriguing insights are gracefully paired with Fresson-s polished digital graphics, which recall classic Tintin illustrations. Ages 6-12. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 26 Budding vexillologists will want to get their hands on this book. Jacobs's guide to the flags of the world is beautiful and informative. After a brief walk through the history of flags in general, the author offers a two-page lesson on flag design, with definitions of many of the unique terms associated with vexillology (the study of flags). The rest of the book is dedicated to each of the flags of the world, organized by specific design elements. The pages are filled with various historical iterations of a country's flag, with brief captions outlining how and why flags changed over time. Intriguing facts and sidebars are included on every spread and provide a broad understanding of flags and their use throughout the world. Maps at the end offer an opportunity to locate unfamiliar countries mentioned within, and empty pages are available for young enthusiasts to create their own flags. The entire design, from whimsical endpapers filled with people carrying all sorts of flags to the thick, creamy pages, makes for an utterly browsable, attractive package. VERDICT Recommended for most libraries. Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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ALA Booklist (3/1/18)
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (5/1/18)
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 2-5

By exploring the designs of flags, we can learn all about the histories and aspirations of the countries they represent. Did you know that only the flag of Nepal has more than four sides? Or that the flag of Mozambique features a book, a hoe and an AK47? Robert Fresson's vintage-inflected illustrations shed fresh light on the wonders of vexillology.

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