It is November 11th, 2015
It has been 100 years since John McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields.
In Flanders Fields 100 Years Writing on War, Loss and Remembrance was conceived and edited by Amanda Betts This is a stunning collection of 13 essays from Canada’s finest historians, novelists and poets who contemplate the evolving meaning of the 100 year old poem, the man who wrote it and the WWI setting from which it emerged. Gorgeously designed in full colourwith archival & contemporary images, it is the perfect gift for history and literature fans. I loved this anthology because it was such a diverse assortment of writing from Margaret Atwood , Ken Dryden, Joseph Boyden, Hannah Moscovitch to Romeo Dallaire’s emotional meaning of the poem. I also want to call out the following for their contribution: Managing Editor - Deirdre Molina; Archival image research - Blake Heathcote; Copy editor - Alex Schultz; Design - Scott Richardson; and Production by Brittany Larkin. This poem is in our national consciousness and will endure like the poppies.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff for ages 12 & up from Random House Children’s Books. 15 year old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt & cousins she’s never met! Her aunt leaves them alone and the next day the bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied. Now there are no adults in charge, the house is a kind of Eden until the war is everywhere. This is a unique, compelling, and timely book even though it was written in 2004. It’s a war story, a survival story and a love story!
Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt Tundra Books For 5-9 year olds. The illustrations deliver for the adult reader of this beautiful picture book, but what is it about? A bug flies through an open door into a house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room … where its entire life changes with the switch of a button. Sucked into the void of a vacuum bag, this one little bug moves through denial, bargaining, anger, despair and eventually acceptance – the five stages of grief – as it comes to terms with its fate. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Will there be dust bunnies in the void? A funny, suspenseful and poignant look at the travails of a bug trapped in a vacuum. AND there is a terrific Educator’s Guide here.