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In Flanders Fields Hardcover – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385322283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385322287
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-Within a framework of the basic historical facts of World War I, John McCrae's famous poem is juxtaposed with paintings and a biography of the poet. Vivid descriptions of the life of a soldier and an explanation of the powerful influence the poem had on society at the time are also included. Black-and-white sketches, photographs of the subject, and memorabilia (e.g., war posters and medals) add to the visual appeal created by Wilson's artwork. The format is somewhat confusing, combining the expository text with full- and double-page paintings captioned with lines of the poem. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful book that can be used in a number of ways because of the variety of information it contains.
Sabrina L. Fraunfelter, Kings Glen Elementary School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4^-6. Focusing on the 15-line poem "In Flanders Fields," this unusual book discusses the life and wartime experiences of Canadian poet John McCrae. It looks at the conditions in the trenches and the field hospitals during the First World War, the circumstances that led to McCrae's writing the poem, the effect of its publication on morale and enlistment, and the history of "poppy day" remembrance traditions from 1919 to the present. The poem appears in full on the first page, followed by a combination of poetry, painting, and background material on the era. Full pages and double-page spreads illustrate the lines of the verse with vibrant, impressionistic paintings showing the home front, the battlefields, war-torn Ypres, and the poppies in Flanders fields yesterday and today. Interspersed are spreads featuring the history of the Great War and McCrae's role as a doctor as well as attractive pencil sketches and reproductions of period posters, postcards, photographs, and artifacts. Maps appear on the end pages. A fine introduction to the poem, the man, and the war that could serve as a focal point for discussions of Veterans Day in the U.S. or Remembrance Day in Canada. Carolyn Phelan

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I gave it to my children after I found the book at a Canadian bookstore the week of it's release.
Cindy
This is a perfect way to share this powerful poem with little ones who are growing up in the freedom this country affords us.
Candace
This is not really a book about World War 1, or the Great War as it lets children know it was once called.
Nicola Manning-Mansfield

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book while resting my feet at Book Expo 2000. At least three people stopped to ask me about it because they were so taken by the illustrations. This picture book for young people intersperses breathtaking illustrations for the poem "In Flanders Field" with background on World War I and the story of the writing of this poem. A deeply affecting and touching book, it will give young people a personal view of war, particularly this war. Unfortunately, many children as well as adults know nothing about World War I. This book is a fine introduction and a good war to broach a painful topic. By any standard, it is well-well written and thoughtful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in Canada, I and every other child knew this poem inside and out. Every Rememberence Day[Nov.11th], we recited it, wore our poppies and then walked down to the cemetery to commemorate all the soldiers who died during the different wars. We talked about it in class for a few weeks.I gave it to my children after I found the book at a Canadian bookstore the week of it's release. They in turn took it school and their teachers read it to their classes. As a education major, I will use it in my studies and then as a teacher for my class to learn about the World Wars. The art work is beautiful and the story enclosed is lovely too, if ever can be of a book about war. It's too bad this isn't used over here in the States.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Manning-Mansfield on October 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 10yo as part of our history curriculum.

This is a book I've read several times. I've read the entire book to myself and aloud to each of my children plus I've read the poem from the book numerous times. This is not really a book about World War 1, or the Great War as it lets children know it was once called. Plenty of information about the war is imparted but that is through the telling of the story of Lt. Col. John McCrae, Canadian soldier and poet, how he came to write the poem "In Flanders Fields" and the impact that poem had on the people at the time as well as its lasting effect.

Textually, the book starts with a copy of the poem written in McCrae's own hand. Then there is a very brief set up for WWI, and a brief background on John McCrae before he was in Flanders. It then goes on to describe in detail the conditions of war at Flanders and McCrae is quoted from his own letters. We are given the story, well the two variations, of how and why John wrote the poem and the public's immediate overwhelming response to its heartfelt message. Then how the imagery of poppies became incorporated into war posters, advertisements for Victory Bonds and quotes from "In Flanders Fields" were used as taglines to inspire people. We get a good look at McCrae's war life as a surgeon and how he lived out his life, eventually dying on the front lines of pneumonia. But the message of the poppy didn't end with Lt. Col. John McCrae's death nor the end of WWI, it became a symbol of remembrance of those who have fallen in wars to fight for our freedom and the custom of wearing a poppy, which started during McCrae's life, is still followed today in many countries throughout the world as they honour a national day of Remembrance on November 11th.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4sons on January 18, 2007
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A valuable book for those who wish to remind their children - and themselves - of the utter horrors of a brutal war. While not for very young children, it would be a great way to get one's family to think about war and its violence and, sometimes, its absolute necessity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This lovely book is a perfect introduction to Veteran's Day or Remembrance Day or World War I. The story of John McCrea and WWI flows through the book, interspersed with lines from the poem, "In Flanders fields." It discusses the significance of the date, November 11 and supplies interesting details from the period. Over two page spreads Wilson also interprets lines from the poem with lovely paintings that fill in more information about soldier life.

This book is very popular with kids who like nonfiction "war" books.

Cultural references to this poem abound. The poem is a classic that should be shared with young people today.
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By M. Heiss on May 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book does a great job of incorporating the bleak conditions of trench wartfare in World War One with gorgeous illustrations, and of course the poem itself.

The poem is easy to memorize, printed on the first page and repeating once through the book.

The history pages have photographs and sketches, and the poetry pages have deeply personal illustrations.

Recommend!

Also try Nathan Hales "Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood" for an equally memorable WWI history book. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War I Tale)
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By JK on March 7, 2014
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In Flanders Fields is filled with beautiful illustrations and the history behind the poem. It is perfect for old and young alike although it is designed for school-aged children. It's a must have!!
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I have used this book as part of my Veteran's Day lesson in my high school classes for several years. The beautiful illustrations and story add a lot to an already beautiful and meaningful poem. This copy was a gift for a friend, an elementary school teacher, who also loves it.
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