The Red Poppy by David Hill, illustrated by Fifi Colston (Scholastic)
A poignant story that brings a tear to your eye but also gives you a sense of hope for human nature. Of course, you'll also adore the messenger dog, the beautiful symbolic poppies and Fifi's artwork captures it all. You can tell she spent a lot of time researching everything: the uniforms, the artifacts, and landscapes look authentic. Her colour palette adds drama to the tale.
This book is going to be a wonderful resource for classrooms from Junior to Intermediate (I used to be an Intermediate teacher and picture books are great for introducing units at this age). It will be very popular in the classroom, library and home.
Well done to Scholastic for making it hardback and including the gorgeous end papers (splash of red poppies) and packaging it with a CD. The CD is a song written by Canadian Rob Kennedy and sung by Giselle Sanderson. Rob wrote the song because he thought children needed to have their own way to commemorate fallen soldiers and war veterans around the world for their deeds and sacrifices.
To find out the story behind Fifi's pictures go here. Fifi created the artwork with chalk pastel, oil paint and Photoshop. Simply stunning!
ISBN: 978-1-86943-998-9 Hardback $33.00