This is a special day when you can read to your child the significant sacrifices that brave men and women made to keep our countries safe and to allow us to be free today. I will give you some books that you might consider to share and discuss on this topic to make this occasion meaningful to you child.
Kingdergarten to Grade 3:
A Poppy Is To Remember by Heather Patterson is a classic, and for good reason. This beautifully-illustrated picture book contains the full text of the poem “In Flanders Fields”, and helps children understand the important symbolism of the poppy, explaining in simple terms the history of the poppy on the battlefields of Europe. This is a great book to share with little ones who might be receiving their first poppy this year at school, to help them understand why we wear the poppy and to encourage them to treat it respectfully.
Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein. This historical fiction novel, part of the Dear Canada series, is written as a diary, penned by 11-year old Canadian Devorah Bernstein. Devorah has been writing to her cousin, Sarah, living in Nazi-occupied France, and the book follows the child’s desperate struggle to have the Canadian government allow her cousin to emigrate. The book, an engaging read for teen girls in particular, sheds a bright light on the difficulties Jews faced in leaving Nazi-controlled Europe, and Canada’s refusal to allow Jews to enter during World War II.
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