Australian Flags and Emblems Karen Tayleur


Paperback, 32 pages         Published        June 2013         by Black Dog Books     
It seems quite a while since there has been a new book on this topic and Karen Tayleur has done a fine job of producing both a very useful and attractive resource.  With some introductory information on the background of emblems, including traditional heraldic definitions and examples, Tayleur leads the reader to a well presented explanation of the flags associated with our country. Several pages are devoted to official national flags – Australian National flag, Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islander with a history of each along with some history regarding the Union Jack.
There is a pleasing uniformity to the format with a double spread devoted to each state flag –  description and history faced with picture of flag, coat of arms (annotated) and  fact box with other state emblems. Each page is thoughtfully presented with white space breaking up sections of text and illustrations.
Tayleur concludes the book with a double page spread of other Australian flags, for example, the Eureka flag and Australian Territory flags e.g. Norfolk Island, some flag protocol information as well as a glossary and index.
All in all, a highly recommended book for primary school library collections – superbly suited to Australian Curriculum (e.g. History/Year 3/Historical Knowledge and Understanding/Community Remembrance).  This book could be used across year levels with ease.


2 responses »

  1. Hi Sue – I love your reviews and have read most of them – some of the books aren’t my ‘cup of tea’ but this one grabbed me so I’m off to purchase/order the read… Thanks and I love your work!

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