The idea is a good one -- that of making each of the original thirteen colonies a character, with personality corresponding to the individual colony. It may help small children to learn them readily. Then too here is a simplification of the essential facts in the naming of the country, in planning the flag, with the step by step progress towards the development of that flag with the growth of the country. The basic rules about the flag that even a small child soon learns are here. And the story of the national anthem. A gay and friendly little picture book -- intended more for store merchandise, perhaps, than for school and library consumption.