We all know about the history of the U.S. flag and have heard the story of Betsy Ross, but how much do you and your family understand about the U.S. flag code? Did you know there are rules about how to treat the American flag with respect and that you might be inadvertently breaking these rules?
Last year, I showcased Stacy Juba’s children’s picture book The Flag Keeper, about a little bear named Elizabeth who struggles to learn how to raise the flag by herself while following all the rules of flag etiquette. This year, Stacy has a brand new audiobook version available just in time for July Fourth.
Here are a few facts that your children will learn in the book:
- Sunrise to sunset is the proper time to fly the flag. However, it can be flown at night if it is lit up.
- A worn-out flag should be destroyed by burning it in a dignified manner. This should be done privately so that others don’t misunderstand and think you are being disrespectful. Many American Legion and VFW posts conduct disposal of unserviceable flag ceremonies on Flag Day.
- The U.S. flag should never touch the ground.
The Flag Keeper is available on Audible as part of the Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle.
The following titles are featured in the bundle:
The Flag Keeper – Elizabeth may be a little bear, but she treats the American flag with big respect. After Dad leaves for a trip, Elizabeth pledges to raise the flag all by herself and follow all of the flag etiquette rules that her father has taught her. However, her dad never told her what to do if the flag gets dirty or the police show up. Teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette through a fiction story, flag facts, activity idea, and discussion questions. For ages 4-9. Endorsed by directors of the national VFW and American Legion Posts.
Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise – Victoria loves her home and family, but boy does she hate the noises that invade her daily life. Her imagination transforms the blender into a growling bear, the vacuum cleaner into a lion and the lawnmower into a spaceship filled with monsters. With the help of a CD player, she decides that maybe a nasty noise like the blender is just music that doesn’t know how to sing. This sweet bedtime story can help young children learn that household noises aren’t so scary after all. For ages 3 and up.
Sticker Shoes – When Jenny gets a sticker stuck to her shoe, she has a new invention – Sticker Shoes! She covers her sneakers with shiny sparkling stickers and runs outside to try out her beautiful shoes. Unfortunately, Sticker Shoes aren’t meant for rough and tumble play in the dirt and her invention doesn’t last. Jenny makes her way through her closet, trying on old boots, dress-up shoes and slippers in her hunt for the perfect Sticker Shoe. Teaches young children about problem-solving and taking the first early “steps” toward independence. For ages 3 and up.
Performed by popular children’s book narrator Bill Russell.
From Audiofile: “Narrator Bill Russell is especially articulate, slowing his pace when explaining flag terminology in the story about Elizabeth, who decides to take over flag duties in her father’s absence…”
Listen to the audio sample below, or catch it on YouTube:
Stacy is one of those rare authors who writes for all age groups, so you can find something for every member of your family. All her books are available in the following places: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, and Smashwords.
I hope you’ll take the time to connect with Stacy and explore her fictional world.
Thanks for reading.
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