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Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion Paperback – April 6, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly

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."
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside; 1 edition (April 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550051466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550051469
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains copies of original documents from WWI - for example, scribbled letters soldiers sent home to say 'all is fine', along with explanations that give background to those documents - in the letter example, the book describes how little soldiers were able to put into a letter, but how their brevity didn't detract from the relief their families received from them. It doesn't shy away from the nasty aspects, but doesn't dwell or go into graphic detail. It was a horrible war and you can see that in the photos and writing, but this won't give a child nightmares.
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'Where Poppies Grow" provides 48 pages of primary source material with explanation and commentary alongside it. It's written in a sort of scrapbook style. You find vignettes about the stille nacht Christmas episode; a two page biographical sketch of a soldier's wartime exposure to mustard gas; handwritten letters from soldiers to their mothers; pictures of soldiers on parade; a piece of French propaganda; the story of the poem that inspired the book's title; and more.
My 4 children aged 4-11 have all poured over this book. Comments range from 4 yr old's "dat's War Horse!!" and "look, a tank from war horse!" to 11 yr old's "why is this book called 'Where Poppies Grow'?" (Me: "that was a popular poem. Did you find it? Her: begins to flip through the book in search of it)
Find an index at the end.
5 stars for this great glimpse into a wide variety of WWI details.
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This book was a good way to simply recap some of the facts we had been studying in our history unit on The Great War.
The illustrations were wonderful.
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We are using Where Poppies Grow as a suppliment to our WWI 4th grade studies and my son has really enjoyed the book. The book focuses on various topics (trench warfare, women in the war, war animals (horses, dogs, etc), food, etc). Each two or four page spread includes photographs with brief, but thorough, explanations. This approach is perfect for younger students who wish to study aspects of the War To End All Wars! I'm glad we purchased this book & highly recommend this for all ages, especially because of the photographs throughout.
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This is a very good book for accompanying grade school history, probably 5-6th grades. Well written and handsomely illustrated.
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I was pleasantly surprised how helpful this book was to use in teaching our children about WW1.
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