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Children's Nonfiction Post-confederation (1867-)

In Flanders Fields

The Story of the Poem by John McCrae

by (author) Linda Granfield

illustrated by Janet Wilson

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Post-Confederation (1867-), General, General, Military & Wars
Recommended Age
9 to 18
Recommended Grade
4 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2005
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price

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With new introduction!

In May 2015, "In Flanders Fields," one of the most popular poems ever written on the subject of war, marked 100 years since it was written. This special edition celebrates that emotional anniversary.

John McCrae's poem has been recited by many generations who have embraced and continue to cherish its underlying message of respect for the fallen, longing for peace and its call to action.

In this award-winning book, the lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War (1914-1918) and details of daily life in the trenches in Europe. Also included are accounts of McCrae's experience in his field hospital and the circumstances that led to the writing of "In Flanders Fields."

  • New introduction by noted historian Dr. Tim Cook of the Canadian War Museum.
  • Vibrant new painting by Janet Wilson on the cover.
  • Original text, maps, and evocative paintings of the acclaimed, now classic, 1995 edition.
  • An invaluable reference for classroom studies of war and remembrance.
  • A lasting gift for history buffs, veterans, and families determined never to forget the sacrifices of war.

About the authors

Linda Granfield has won many awards for her non-fiction/history titles for young readers and adults including the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. Her books include In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, Pier 21: Gateway of Hope, Canada Votes and America Votes. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Linda Granfield's profile page

Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design as a mature student, the mother of two little boys. Janet's love of books combined with a particular talent for drawing children has brought her into the world of "kidlit." Her more realistic style lends itself to interpreting the stories of children's favorite authors in producing picture books. Sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions helps young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings.


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Editorial Reviews

"A fine introduction to the poem, the man, and the war that could serve as a focal point for discussions of Veterans Day..."
School Library Journal

"No library should be without this book."
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine

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