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We wear the poppy, I read the poem to my students, my husband teaches about the poppy to his JROTC students, and yet we had no idea about this amazing woman - Moina Belle Michael who started it all. We know now. This story deserves to be known. We have no more Great War Veterans, our World War II Veterans are aging and passing away daily, and our veteran's stories are fading; now more than ever it is important for our children to know what it has cost to keep our Country free. And thank you Moina Belle Michael for the reminder every year with the poppy.
This is a great book for kids to learn about the significance of Poppy's for Memorial Day and veterans. The drawings are beautiful and the story is great. It honestly makes me tear up every time I read it to my kiddos. The store gives a lot of great background and history without it being to boring or to much for my kids to understand. I would recommend this books to everyone looking for good history story books for their kids.
Moina Belle Michael's story as told by very gifted author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh is an important part of our shared heritage.
Against all odds and in a day when women had few rights and opportunities Moina almost singlehandedly launched a national campaign to establish the red poppy as the symbol of sacrifice and courage of America's soldiers. Sacrificing her own personal life, Moina, helped individual soldiers in many ways and often was their only friend.
The courage and strength of character that Moina displayed will inspire both children and adults. Moina, refused to give up her cause and when she had small victories always asked herself "What can I do now?" Especially in these difficult times this important, inspirational and beautifully illustrated book should be in the children's section of every library and read as part of third and fourth grade curriculum in many schools.
In character with Moina, author Barbara E. Walsh will generously be donating any "profits" the book generates to charities that benefit the children of veterans. Let's support the soldiers and buy the book for those we love.
I used this book as part of my Veteran's day lesson. A lengthy story but provided great historical information. Through this book, my students and I discussed some of the realities of war (young boys/men drafted to fight, leaving their families, loss of loved ones and support on the home-front). My students found sentiment in learning about the poppy, its meaning and ways they can remember our Veterans.
This book is an excellent product because it helps children understand the importance of the Poppy for our military families. The fact that this story reflects the passion for Veterans and our Georgia native sharing her story Makes this such an excellent buy!
I have always been a supporter of the VFW auxiliary poppy program because my mother was in the organization and help promote the project. I started looking into the program and found out the history and then read about the creator and started searching for books and lo and behold on Amazon I ran onto this book and checked with the local library and checked it out. It was so interesting to me and the book is so well done that I ordered a copy and is now is one of my most favorite books. As a result I have decided to work to get a display at the library of the poppy and feature the book. I recommend it highly because the poppy program needs to grow bigger and help our veterans.
The Poppy Lady is an enjoyable, educational biography and inspiring story for children of all ages and adults as well. I found her story and accomplishments very uplifting. The symbol of the poppy flower is very interesting. I now have a new appreciation about the connection between the poppy flower, Moina Bella, and the soldiers. Generations should learn about this and develop an appreciation/respect for all military and veteran contributions.