A Primer About the Flag
Marvin Bell & Chris Raschka
Candlewick, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
hat at first glance seems to be a picture book about flags, how they are used and what they can mean, turns out to be a rather odd book that features a poem about some of the more esoteric uses of flags.
irst there are a few lines about Bed & Breakfast flags followed by ship's flags, state fair flags, and enemy flags. '
There are flags on the moon, flags in cemeteries, costume flags. There are little flags that come from the barrel of a gun and say, 'Bang.' If you want to have a parade, you usually have to have a flag for people to line up behind.
lthough they feature bright color with designs, the flags that accompany the text don't make a lot of sense. They are eye-catching but do not relate to any recognizable flags.
have to admit that I don't find this poem to be that amusing, nor do I see the point of the black and white cartoon characters brandishing swatches of color that are supposed to be whimsical flags.
f you are looking for a real
about flags, ignore this book. Not only is the title deceptive, but the contents are probably not what you are expecting in a book of this nature.
guess the book could be used to inspire a child to create his or her own whimsical flag, but I don't think you need to spend $15.99 to illustrate how a project of this nature might be accomplished!
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