Remembering John McCrae (1872-1918)

Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the now famous poem In Flanders Fields – one of the most popular and most quoted poems from the war – while on the battlefield during WWI. The poppy has now become a symbol of remembrance most commonly worn in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Saturday, November 30, 2013 marks the 141st anniversary of McCrae’s birth. Children’s author Linda Granfield will be at the Guelph Civic Museum this Saturday (Nov. 30, 2pm) sharing her detective work in her search to discover more about John McCrae. Young readers can commemorate this fallen solider with the following Canadian children’s books:

Remembering John McCrae: Soldier, Doctor, Poet
Written by Linda Granfield
Scholastic Canada
More than 100 photos, paintings and documents enhance Granfield’s intimate and fascinating portrait of McCrae (1872-1918). Though he was a doctor and soldier, he is best known for his poem “In Flanders Fields,” which has been called the most popular poem of the First World War. The book also contains a timeline, a glossary and an index.

In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae
Written by Linda Granfield
Illustrated by Janet Wilson
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Carefully researched paintings combine with gripping narrative to tell the story of the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields.” Includes dramatic stories of soldiers, as well as archival materials. This extraordinary book is an important addition to libraries.

A Poppy is to Remember
Written by Heather Patterson
Illustrated by Ron Lightburn
Scholastic Canada
Soothing words aimed specifically at young children explain the symbolism of the poppy. This is a gorgeous book with magnificent paintings by an award-winning illustrator.

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