In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield, illustrated by Janet Wilson

In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield, illustrated by Janet Wilson.

Written by a Canadian doctor in the field during WWI, John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” is familiar to several generations of Canadian schoolchildren. Remembrance Day assemblies always bring a class of kids chanting the three short verses in singsong montones. And there’s a reason why the poem is still around.

This book intersperses lines from the poem, richly illustrated, with bits and pieces of information about the first World War, John McCrae, and how the poem came to be. For something similiar, see Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion, also by Linda Granfield. Both titles are upper elementary territory, possibly junior high, with some appeal for reluctant readers. Older readers may want something more substantial, but it’s an excellent browsing book for grades four and up.

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