Reviews for State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols : A Historical Guide

Book News Reviews
The third edition of this reference text for students and researchers incorporates changes and additions since the publication of the second edition in 1994. Three new chapters have been added on state and territory universities, governors, and professional sports teams. Previous chapters on postage stamps, fairs and festivals, legal holidays, special observances, and license plates have been updated or completely revised. Color illustrations are included for every current state and territory seal, flag, flower, tree, bird, commemorative postage stamp, and license plate. Benjamin Shearer is with Neumann College in Aston, Pennsylvania; Barbara Shearer is with Thomas Jefferson U., Philadelphia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Library Journal Reviews 1994 June #2
This update of an excellent source originally published in 1987 boasts 14 chapters, four of which are new, and extends coverage to the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Chapters on mottoes, flowers, trees, birds, songs, holidays, and license plates are just a sampling of what is covered, and the format is such that the concisely written material can be found as expeditiously as possible. Even though the book is touted predominantly as a reference tool, the information provided makes fascinating and enlightening reading for anyone wishing to peruse independent sections at leisure. However, those who read all the information provided on one state will gain much insight into its history. The scope of the coverage, the obvious extent of research, and the book's long shelf life justify the price. A useful addition to any library, this book will appeal to a broad range of users.-Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.