The Poppy written & Illustrated by Andrew Plant
Published by Ford Street Publishing
The Poppy is the first picture book from Ford Street Publishing for 2014. Released in time for Anzac Day, The Poppy is a story of remembrance and a century age old promise.
On Anzac Day, 1918, a desperate night counter-attack in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux became one of Australia’s greatest victories. A bond was forged that night between France and Australia that has never been broken.
The Poppy is a beautifully written story depicting how Australian soldiers fought to recapture the town of Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans.
After the war, Victorian school children donated their pennies to help rebuild Villers-Bretonneux’s school. To this day it is called the Victoria School, on Rue du Victoria. Above the playground, in sky blue letters on a golden background, are the words ‘Never forget Australia’. The same words, in French, are in every classroom.
In February 2009, it was the children of Villers-Bretonneux who came to the aid of Victorian children by raising money to help the children of Strathewen Primary School rebuild their school lost during the devastating bush fires.
Poppies now flourish on the fields where millions fought and many of those lost their lives. To this day many are still unidentified, but never forgotten.
2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of WWI. The Poppy symbolises the blood of fallen soldiers.
This historical account of the bond forged beyond Australia and France during the 1918 war would make a valuable resource to school libraries or home libraries.
There are over 70 stunning illustrations that serve as a timely reminder of what was won and lost during this battle.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Andrew Plant
Illustrator: Andrew Plant
Title: The Poppy
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781921928697 (HB)