History comes to life in a trio of titles. Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield illustrates the tragic era in scrapbook style. Throughout, vintage postcards (written by soldiers to their loved ones at home), photographs and memorabilia such as propaganda posters, books and "Infantry Training" cards that were inserted in cigarette packs share space with accessible and informative text. The title references a line from "In Flanders Fields," which Granfield calls "the most popular poem of the Great War." (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
It is 1914, and a nation of fathers, husbands, sons and brothers are called to fight a war. Soldiers and their families could not know how much the world would change over the next few years as they fought a new kind of battle in what would come to be known as the Great War. The devastation of war is chronicled often enough, but few authors have concentrated on what things didn't make headlines. What did a soldier's kit include? How did the men communicate with each other as they fought in the trenches and tunnels in Flanders? Chapters about illnesses, propaganda, secret codes, statues, and songs are filled with information. Granfield has put together an impressive collage of memorabilia from World War I-a letter written home to a sweetheart, a photo of a soldier doing laundry, a propaganda poster and a poem- all showing a different side of the story of war. The uniqueness of this book is best illustrated by the title, taken from a poem written by John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer who witnessed the death of his best friend. The poem, "In Flanders Field," portrays all the images and feelings of war, loss, love and renewal through the description of the rows of crosses among the poppies in Flanders Field. The emotional verse outlived its author and became a notable remembrance of the war over the coming decades. The illustrations are arranged to draw the reader's eye through the story. Photos with detailed captions supplement the text of each chapter. Ending with a tribute and explanation of the WWI memorials, Granfield does a masterful job of telling the story of war in an interesting, humanizing way. Kids and adults alike will enjoy reading the book for fun; social studies teacherswill welcome a resource portraying the human side of the Great War.
Gr 4-7 A haunting, moving scrapbook of the Great War from a Canadian point of view. Each spread covers a topic such as trench warfare, daily life, or patriotism. The book is filled with black-and-white and color period photographs, pages from training manuals, ads, postcards, cartoons, paintings, propaganda, etc. Two sections offer personal information on soldiers-one who returned to Canada a broken man and one who didn't make it home. While there are better sources for report writers, this book will invite serious students and browsers alike; the horrors of the war are fully realized here. A compelling portfolio. -Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"A haunting, moving scrapbook of the Great War...this book will invite serious students and browsers alike; the horrors of the war are fully realized here. A compelling portfolio."
School Library Journal
"Where Poppies Grow is a haunting, moving scrapbook of the Great War from a Canadian point of view. . . With photographs, memorabilia and anecdotes, the Canadian author brings readers face to face with people from all walks of life who risked everything for their country."
North Bay Nugget
"Where Poppies Grow provides an excellent survey of how the lives of young people and adults were affected by World War I. Containing photos of postcards and other WWI artifacts, this short book includes an amazing amount of information about the lives of soldiers, civilians, and children during WWI. The sacrifices made by everyday people are explained well, and the tragedies of war are explained in an age-appropriate manner. There is enough information here to help a young person write a report about the war and to inspire them to wish to read more."
Lane Education Service District (4 out of 5 Stars)