All About Flags!
by Robin Jacobs
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Pub Date 09 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 05 Feb 2024
Did you know that the flag of the USA was inspired by that of the East India Company – a private shipping company that traded in the spoils of the British Empire? Do you know what the black star on the flag of Ghana means? Or why the Russian flag looks similar to that of the Netherlands? Find the answers to these questions and more in this gorgeously presented, accessible atlas of flags.
Through simple designs and colours, national flags can tell us a lot about the histories, identities and interrelationships of the countries they represent. Grouping flags together first by continent and then by theme, this illuminating book explains how countries relate to one another, and how their politics and histories are interconnected. It provides a great launch point for discussions around identity, geography and nation building, and is a timely addition to the reference shelf of any politically curious 6 to 11-year old.
All About Flags! is packed with fascinating facts, clearly arranged by Robin Jacobs (Earth-Shattering Events, Cicada, 2019) and engagingly presented by Ben Javens (Alex and Alex, Cicada, 2021).
Average rating from 7 members
This is a lovely unique book about flags. Instead of focusing much on specific flags, it gives overviews of the features of a flag. It also takes a look at flags in groupings, such as Pan-African flags. It does show the flags of every nation by continent as well. The graphics are colorful and accessible, but possibly skew younger than the text does. However, my 7-year-old who is a strong reader is a great audience for this book.
Thank you NetGalley for an advance ebook in exchange for my honest review. I will purchase for my library.
Informative and a great introduction to flags for young readers.
This text provides a fantastic introduction to the language of flags, as well as an exploration of how flag designs are connected to colonial/imperial history and national identity. I learned a lot.
Many thanks to #NetGalley for a review copy of #AllAboutFlags
I cannot believe how much information there is in this little book, and it's brightly illustrated and very well organized.
There are sections on the various parts of the world, with explanations of the designs and the history of how different countries chose their flag designs.
It's fascinating but I feel like I could spend hours with this without learning everything.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this
This book is filled with information! So many flags and details to learn about them. I think this book is one to pull out when you are learning about a country and want to look at the flag more in depth. There is a great index of countries in the back that can help you find the country you are looking at! For us, that would be the best way to use this book. I tried to read it through the first time and I'll be honest, doing it that way, some of the flags started to bleed together in my mind. I don't think it's anything the illustrator did, flags just use a lot of similar colors. So I really appreciate the index which allows the reader to break up the information.
Colorful illustrations and interesting facts about flags around the world, origins, history, etc. Great for a classroom library!
Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC.
My son is 10 and LOVES learning about flags. This book was great and gave him some information he didn't know about why certain flags came to be. His only regret was it was a little too short. He wanted to learn even more. But the book does provide a nice overview of information on the flags of the world broken up by continent.
Netgalley sent me a free e-galley in return for a honest review.