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The Flag Keeper [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Juba , Larry Drumtra
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On Sale! Second Edition. Now with larger illustrations. This patriotic book is designed to teach children about U.S. flag etiquette through an educational fiction story and simple illustrations geared toward young readers. It also includes discussion questions, flag facts, and an activity. Elizabeth may be a little bear, but she treats the American flag with big respect. Elizabeth wakes up the American flag in the morning and puts it to bed at night. She acts as her father's "flag keeper," helping him with his daily tasks of raising the flag and retiring it for the evening. She soaks up the etiquette facts that Dad teaches her, including don't leave the flag out in the dark without a spotlight. When Dad leaves for a business trip, it frustrates Elizabeth that their flag will be stuck in a boring garage. Every flag she sees reminds her of her job as flag keeper. Elizabeth grows determined to make her father proud by proving she can raise the flag herself and follow all the rules of flag etiquette.

The simple and gentle colored pencil illustrations are especially vibrant on color e-readers such as the Kindle Fire and give the effect of a completed coloring book. The Flag Keeper is ideal for military families, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, classroom and library use, and for anyone who wishes to teach a special child about American flag etiquette. It is a perfect complement to patriotic holidays such as Flag Day and the Fourth of July.

The Kindle version of this book is available as a standalone, or through the Teddy Bear Town Children's Bundle, which includes three complete picture books - The Flag Keeper, Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, and Sticker Shoes. The Teddy Bear Town Children's Bundle is also available as an audiobook with a lively performance by popular children's narrator Bill Russell.

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Editorial Reviews


I would encourage all true patriots with children to purchase a copy to start their "little patriots" off on the right foot. -- Steve Van Buskirk, Director of Programs, VFW National Headquarters

A wonderful story about Elizabeth, who through life's day-to-day adventures learns how to care for and display the flag. An excellent read! -- Mike Buss, Deputy Director, Americanism, American Legion National Headquarters

Reading The Flag Keeper is a terrific way for parents and kids to spend time together and enhance their celebration of the Fourth of July. It helps parents to keep their children reading and learning in the summer months, and moms and dads will even learn something themselves. The book can also be pulled out at other times of year, such as Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day.  -- Staten Island Family

From the Author

Dear Parents,
I normally write novels for adults and teens, however, my children inspired me to try my hand at writing a few picture books. My father, who has always enjoyed drawing pictures as a hobby, illustrated my stories as Christmas gifts for the children in our lives. He used his favorite technique, colored pencil, in a style that gives the effect of a completed coloring book.
Much to my surprise, the illustrations depicted teddy bears and they reminded me of the simple drawings in the bear books by Frank Asch. I had envisioned my characters as humans, but I liked his idea much better. All of the children who received the handmade books loved the stories and the simple but vivid illustrations of teddy bears so much that I decided to publish them in e-book format. This way, my adult readers could have an affordable way to share the stories with their children. I hope your family enjoys the books as much as my family enjoyed creating them.
Stacy Juba    

Product Details

  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Horse Press (March 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story for our children! October 9, 2010
By E.S.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Reading this book to our children is a great way to teach them proper care and respect for our beloved American flag. I read this to my toddler, and although she doesn't quite understand it yet, she does enjoy the colorful illustrations. As she gets older, reading this book to her will help her to see the importance of respecting our flag through Elizabeth's eyes. There are also some neat flag facts in the back of the book! Two thumbs up!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful children's book September 15, 2010
I thought this book was wonderfully written to help children understand the American flag etiquette. Simple wording with those "big" words explained makes it easy for a young child to understand what the book is saying. There were also a few flag facts in there that I didn't know. The drawings are unique and tie into the story wonderfully. I love that the illustrator is the father of the author. How often does that happen in children's books? It's amazing that they were able to collaborate together to create this book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone out there who wants to teach their child/grandchild/etc about the American flag and how to properly display, store, and retire a flag.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!! September 15, 2010
I read the Flag Keeper to a group of First and Second grade students on Flag Day. They LOVED learning how to take care and respect our flag through Elizabeth. The students really enjoyed looking at the very fun and bright pictures of the bear family. The book really encourages discussion. We truly loved this book!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Our Children October 9, 2010
Raising our kids is both the most challenging and the most rewarding endeavor we face. I want to instill in my children respect and pride in our great nation. Stacy Juba's book, The Flag Keeper, helps with that. This short book illustrates Elizabeth's devotion to treating our nation's flag correctly, with honor and respect. Elizabeth serves as a good role model for our children. The book also has a short list of how to correctly handle and display our flag and some activities for children to better learn how to treat and handle the flag of the United States. After my children read this book they were curious about our flag. This served as a good launch point for me to explain even more reasons why we should show our flag honor and respect. I recommend this book for any young child so they can learn why our flag is not just a pretty piece of cloth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun And Educational! October 19, 2010
This is the perfect book for teaching children (and adults!) the proper way to handle a flag. Elizabeth is a little bear who wants the big task of raising the flag while her father is away. Along with Elizabeth, we learn the how and why of flag etiquette. But this story is about more than flat etiquette; it's also about responsibility and the love of a father and daughter. Juba's narrative does a brilliant job of teaching, while also entertaining. The colorful artwork adds to the fun. Combined this is a unique and beautifully put together story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patriotic but Lack Luster Illustrations December 29, 2011
I love the underlying message in this book. I love that it bought one small peice of patriotism into the hearts of my children. I read the book alone and with my younger children (3, 5, and 7yrs old). The kids all stayed captivated and had lots of questions in the end. It was a great conversation starter and beginning understanding of our nation's flag. I also enjoyed the American Flag Facts at the end of the book. Its great to have a greater understanding on how to better show respect for our flag.

My only complaint would be the illustrations. Maybe its just my own taste, but I prefer a more professionally drawn character. The pictures in the Kindle version are very small which even pulled up full size on my laptop was still too small to really get the detail. The artwork is the same caliber as the cover throughout the book. A more elementary type drawing style.

Overall, it was a great addition to our Independence Day celebrations today! I would recommend this book to families with young kids. It is very informative and carries a special spirit of patriotism.

9yr old daughters thoughts:
I really liked the book. I thought it was interesting that Elizabeth wanted to take care of the flag even though her father was out of town. I think she did a great job, even though the police came once. I liked that the pictures looked like a little kid drew them. I learned a lot about our flag. I didn't know that if you fly it upside down it means help. It is a really important job to take care of a flag.
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More About the Author

Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. Her titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim for adults; Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off for young adults; and The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle for children.

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