November 11 is Remembrance Day, a day to show our respect and gratitude to the serving and previous members of our armed forces who have sacrificed for our country. Originally called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th day of the 11th month. At the 11th hour on this day, we pause to remember the brave soldiers who fought for our country. That date and time mark the moment that World War I ended.
For this Remembrance Day, read a book with your child. Discover the meaning of the poppy and learn about John McCrae, the field surgeon in the Canadian artillery, and poet, who tended to his fellow soldiers.
In Flanders Fields tells the story of a young homesick World War I soldier, who risks his life to cross the no-man’s-land and rescue a robin caught in the barbed wire that separates the opposing forces, dug into their trenches. Although the story takes place in the midst of a long and brutal war, the fighting has paused and no violence is seen. The focus of the book is on the similarity of the soldiers on both sides of the fence.
June 6th, 2004 will mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day, when Canadians landed on Juno Beach. This outstanding book contains unpublished accounts of D-Day eyewitnesses and participants, and through their eyes we are able to see what it was like to live through the assault on Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and the massive invasion that followed. Captivating photographs and memorabilia bring these stories to life.
War is a time of terrible tragedy and great loss. But it is also a time of incredible courage and determination. In this entry in the acclaimed Kids Book of series, Elizabeth MacLeod looks at Canada’s battles and wars and at the people who fought in them. From the earliest recorded battles on Canadian soil to Canada’s overseas peacekeeping missions today, kids will meet heroic Canadians, learn about the technology of war and read chilling first-person accounts from soldiers on the battlefields.
Canadian Library Association Honour Book” The lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War, details of daily life in the trenches, accounts of McCrae’s experience in his field hospital, and the circumstances that led to the writing of “”In Flanders Fields.”
Moving text coupled with stunning illustrations by Governor General’s Award-winning artist Ron Lightburn explain the symbolism behind the poppy.
A bonus for teachers is the five-page spread all about the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Canada’s wartime and peacekeeping endeavours, and the adoption of the poppy as our Remembrance Day emblem.