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Gr 4-8-A succinct, yet complete resource. Arranged alphabetically, each country's flag is illustrated, with an accompanying text covering its history, symbolism, and lore, if appropriate. A pronunciation guide, grids showing usage of each flag (civil, military, and state), a world map, and a listing of nations by continent are included. Pages are attractively laid out, with lots of white space and clear, large typeface. With two countries per page, readers can easily locate the material. Flags and any images on them are crisply and cleanly displayed, with colors remaining true. The information incorporates changes in flags through the year 2001. Unfortunately, the world map that follows the text loses quite a bit of Africa and Europe in the gutter. Smith's work compares favorably with Eve Devereux's Flags of the World (Crescent, 1992; o.p.). It is obviously more up-to-date and may be just the ticket for students needing information for reports.
Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY
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Gr. 4-6. This colorful, user-friendly, quick reference book will be of great value to middle-graders, with even older students finding a detail or two of interest. The brief introduction describes the content--flags from all 189 United Nations members, as well as Taiwan and Vatican City. Following are half-page entries on each flag, including a clear, brightly colored picture and some information on the country the flag represents; when the flag was designed; and modifications it may have had. Back matter includes a basic but striking world map, a glossary, and a list of further readings. Annie Ayres
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