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La bataille de la crête de Vimy est un des moments les plus marquants de l'histoire du Canada. Ce livre documentaire met en lumière le geste symbolique qui fut posé par un enseignant, fermier et soldat du Corps expéditionnaire canadien. En avril 1917, le jeune lieutenant Leslie H. Miller récolte les glands de chênes décimés parmi les décombres des champs de bataille. À son retour en Ontario, il les plante sur sa propriété en l'honneur des combattants. Cent ans plus tard, des chênes majestueux se dressent à la ferme des Miller. De ces arbres, on a recueilli de jeunes plants. Ils seront rapatriés en France et seront plantés à Vimy en mémoire de la contribution du Canada lors de la Première Guerre mondiale.
The images from World War I of death, ravaged landscapes and decimated villages are hauntingly familiar. Imagine a young soldier standing in the midst of that horror and destruction pocketing a handful of acorns from the blasted trees and posting them home. That's exactly what Lieutenant Leslie H. Miller, a teacher, farmer and soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, did after the battle at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Over the following one hundred years, those acorns became majestic oaks, standing at the site of Miller's family farm in Ontario. In April 2017, seedlings from these oaks will be repatriated to their original territory at Vimy Ridge in France as part of the ceremonies to mark Canada's contribution to the War.
The Battle at Vimy Ridge took a devastating toll but it is regarded as Canada's greatest World War I victory, both on the battlefield and in terms of Canada's birth as a nation. The story of one ordinary soldier's quiet but extraordinary act, an almost unimaginable gesture of hope and renewal at the time, serves a century later as a living memorial to those who served.
Original title: The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace
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.
BRIAN DEINES has illustrated numerous books for children, including SkySisters
(written by Jan BourdeauWaboose), Dragonfly Kites (written by Thomson Highway),
and One Hockey Night (written by DavidWard). He has been nominated for
numerous awards, including the Governor Generalâ€™s Literary Award, the Ruth and
Sylvia Schwartz Childrenâ€™s Literature Award, the Martha Baillie Picture Book
Award, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award. A native of Red Deer, Alberta,
Brian lives in Toronto.
DANS LES MÉDIAS : Sur la route de l'Afghanistan
« Un très bel album à découvrir, tant pour le texte que pour les illustrations. » ~ Julie Morin, Lurelu, hiver 2014
Other titles by Linda Granfield
Brain Quest Canada 5th Edition
The Vimy Oaks
A Journey to Peace
In Flanders Fields
The Story of the Poem by John McCrae
Sur la route de l'Afghanistan
Brain Quest Canada 4th Edition
Remembering John McCrae
Soldier - Doctor - Poet
Le soldat inconnu
Canada Votes - 6th Revised Edition
How We Elect Our Government
How Our President Is Elected
Where Poppies Grow
A World War I Companion
Other titles by Brian Deines
Adrift at Sea
A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival
A Bear in War
A World of Kindness
The Vimy Oaks
A Journey to Peace
The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity