Friday, November 11, 2005

...the poppies blow...

In Flanders Field: The Story of the Poem
by Linda Granfield, Janet Wilson, 2000

This lovely book is a perfect introduction to Veteran's Day or Remembrance Day. The story of John McCrea and WWI flows through the book, interspersed with lines from the poem, "In Flanders fields." It discusses the significance of the date, November 11 and supplies interesting details from the period. Over two page spreads Wilson also interprets lines from the poem with lovely paintings that fill in more information about soldier life.

This book is very popular with kids who like nonfiction "war" books. Granfield has a second book Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion arranged in scrapbook form.

Cultural references to this poem abound. The poem is a classic that should be shared with young people today.

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