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The Seal of Approval


The Seal of Approval
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.1

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    natural, state, each, geography, design, capital, lived, winning, center, drawing, city, woman, family, flag, represent, year
     content words:    United States, Great Seal, Emma Edwards Green, Emma Edwards, New York, James G.


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The Seal of Approval
By Marilyn Gatley
  

1     Each state in the United States has its own flag with colors and symbols that are special to that state. Idaho's flag is dark blue with the Great Seal of Idaho in the center. A woman named Emma Edwards Green designed the pictures on the Great Seal. Idaho has the only state seal designed by a woman.
 
2     Emma Edwards lived with her family in California. She studied to be an artist and spent a year in New York at art school. On her way home to California, she stopped in Boise, the capital city of Idaho. She liked Boise and decided to live there and teach art classes. She later married James G. Green.
 
3     In the summer of 1890, Idaho lawmakers had a contest and offered $100 to the person who painted the winning design for Idaho's new flag. Mrs. Green entered the contest. Before drawing her design, she learned all she could about Idaho's geography and natural resources. She drew pictures that would represent people and places in Idaho. Mrs. Green won the contest and became the first and only woman to design a seal for a state flag.

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