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About Barbara Walsh
Award-winning children’s book and magazine author, Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, has fond memories of poppies and parades honoring her father and other veterans. During World War II her father knew Moina Belle Michael, the Poppy Lady. Barbara worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina's great-nieces to better understand Moina’s determination to honor the war veterans. "The Poppy Lady," her first children's book, received lovely recognition, including the Eureka! Children's Nonfiction Book Award and Bank Street College of Education, Best Children's Books of the Year. A former elementary-school teacher, Barbara has written articles for Highlights for Children and Cricket. She is a member of the SCBWI and a visiting author who speaks in schools and to an array of community groups. She and her husband live in Mantoloking, New Jersey, and Key Largo, Florida.
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When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina's great-nieces to better understand Moina's determination to honor the war veterans.
A portion of the book's proceeds will support the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.
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