Monday, November 12, 2012

Remembrance Day: The Poppy Lady


And now the Torch and Poppy red 
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught,
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

I can think of no better advocate for veterans than Moina Belle Michael who initiated the wearing of paper poppies to commemorate those who died in battle. But Moina did so much more than write a poem and wear poppies.  She offered physical and emotional support in countless ways.

I highly recommend Barbara Walsh's picture book biography and Layne Johnson's stunning illustrations.  Lots of historical matter included, of course.  After all, it was published by Calkins Creek Books.


  1. It is a beautiful book. I hope lots of teachers are using this in their classrooms. Kids should know her story.

  2. Perfect! Both the post and the book.

  3. Thanks, Vijaya for dropping by. Hope you get to enjoy this lovely book someday.

  4. And such a beautiful cover too. I must read this book!

  5. This looks like a gorgeous book. Thanks for drawing attention to it!