Flags of the World


In this complete compendium of the world’s flags, each nation’s flag is paired with facts and tidbits of history. These flags provide a window into the histories, values, and cultures of countries around the world.
Waving in the wind, a flag may not seem like a code. But hidden in the stripes, stars, suns, moons, and colors of the world’s flags are the keys to ...
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In this complete compendium of the world’s flags, each nation’s flag is paired with facts and tidbits of history. These flags provide a window into the histories, values, and cultures of countries around the world.
Waving in the wind, a flag may not seem like a code. But hidden in the stripes, stars, suns, moons, and colors of the world’s flags are the keys to understanding different countries’ shared histories and cherished ideals.
Flags do much more than identify countries and groups of people. In every color, pattern, and design, the citizens and governments of countries announce their allegiances and herald their history. If you know what to look for, a flag can reveal major insights into another country’s history and culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The vibrant flag images included in this flag-shaped, coffee-table–appropriate book are treated as works of art in and of themselves, with many taking up a full page (spot art depicts native peoples, sites and animals). The symbolic components of each flag are analyzed (the flag for Papua New Guinea features a yellow bird found nowhere else in the world), and statistical, sociological and geographical information is given for each country. Flag aficionados and students of geography should appreciate the attention paid to each stylized form. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Flags as we know them today came into general use in the sixth century when silk became widely available. This lightweight fabric appeared to float in the wind which gave rise to the custom of attaching fabric, embellished with colors and, sometimes, symbols, to a long pole. The oldest known national flag, dating from 1625, is Denmark's white cross on a rectangular red field. The world's flags (most were designed when a country became independent) are grouped into four continents and Oceania. A brief set of facts accompany most, unfortunately not all, flag descriptions (continent location, capital, currency, official language, area in square miles, and highest point). Beautiful watercolor illustrations depict relevant cultural images associated with the country. The flag designs range from very simple (the single, unadorned, green color of the Libyan flag) to complex (e.g., the Turkmenistan flag which showcases designs from handmade Turkmen carpets). Although a map of the globe is available on the front and endpapers, and an index is available at the end of the book, it would be useful to have a small inset map in contrast colors for each nation as accompaniment to the depiction of its flag. This would help orient the reader as to the country's location on the globe. Only one nation, East Timor, has this graphic. This book would be a good starting place for the study of flags and national symbols in an elementary or a middle school class on geography and/or the cultures of other nations. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—Organized by continent, this book takes a close look at the artwork and meaning of each country's flag. A large color image of the flag is accompanied by entries about the state's capital, currency, official language, area, and highest geographical point. More than 100 captioned illustrations add fascinating facts as well. Readers will be exposed to a wide variety of information ranging from the smallest entity (Vatican City at 0.2 square miles) to the oldest flag (Denmark's, established in 1625), and from the origin of the Papua New Guinea flag (designed by a 15-year-old contest winner) to the only country to have a solid-color flag with no other design (Libya). The consistent layout of the book and its accessible information will create an ease of both student use and comprehension. An ideal source for geography lessons and related projects.—Beth McGuire, Fannett-Metal School District, Willow Hill, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810980105
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 152,770
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvie Bednar is a designer and author who writes about her voyages through Australia, Iceland, and Mexico. Fascinated by the multicolored beauty of flags, she has extensively researched their meanings and developed a deep admiration for their symbolic power. She lives in France.

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