Nonfiction Monday: Flags of the World

Why are kids fascinated with flags?  They just seem to love looking at books with flags, my flag display in the corner of the library, and the flag pages of the almanac.

They will be happy to see this new book, Flags of the World by Sylvie Bednar.  Bold and colorful, Bednar has divided the book into sections throughout the globe: Europe, The Americas, Oceania, Africa, and Asia.

Each section has a two page spread with all the flags for that region and a globe to show where in the world.  Some pages include a “fast facts” about the country.  Bednar has researched the meaning and symbolic nature of each flag.  Did you know that the white in the United States flag signifies honesty while the red is for courage and fervor?  The blue of our flag is for loyalty, friendship and justice.

Canada’s flag uses white to symbolize the snow-covered regions of that country, and the red stripes to honor the soldiers who died in WWI.  The stars on the Brazilian flag was one of my favorite facts: they are the exact configuration of the stars in 1899, the year Brazil proclaimed itself a republic.

Colorful and attractive, readers of all ages will be reading about the flags of their favorite countries.  They may develop a little wanderlust along the way.  The book includes and index and table of contents.

Title: Flags of the World
Author: Sylvie Bednar
Published: 2009
Pages: 187
Reading Level: All
Publisher: Abrams  Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8010-5
Source of Book: Send by publisher

Great Kid Books is hosting Nonfiction Monday this week.  Enjoy!