From Library Journal
Everything a trivia buff or schoolchild could want to know about state names and officially designated symbols, all in one convenient volume. The last reference source of this type was published in 1938 and since then much has changednot the least of which is the addition of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union. The authors cover state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous official state designations (e.g., insects, rocks, drinks). School and public libraries will want to buy this book, in spite of its high cost. Anne Washburn, Julius C. Smith Law Lib., Greensboro, N.C.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The title hardly indicates the full scope of this greatly expanded second edition. New chapters cover legal holidays and observances, automobile license plates, festivals and fairs, and U.S. postage stamps issued in honor of states and territories. Chapters from the 1987 edition on names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, and other topics have in many cases been revised or expanded. The result is a book nearly double the length of the first edition (but still shorter than George Shankle's 1951 State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols
, upon which the first edition was based). U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia are now covered in addition to the 50 states. In most cases, not merely listings, but useful explanations are provided; the 30-page chapter on birds, for instance, provides information on size, range, physical description, and behavior comparable in coverage to that found in the standard field guides.
Other features make this a valuable reference. A 32-page four-color insert has illustrations of all state and territory symbols, seals, flags, flowers, trees, birds, automobile licenses plates, and selected commemorative stamps. The previous edition contained a 20-page color insert showing seals, flags, flowers, trees, and birds. Ample source notes at the end of chapters and a selected bibliography of state and territory histories provide excellent documentation. A detailed index follows.
Upper elementary and secondary school students would probably constitute the greatest audience for this work, but due to the difficulty of finding so much information on these topics in any other single source, public and academic libraries will be interested, too.
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