The Poppy Lady Book Review


The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans

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The Poppy Lady – 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.

Since World War I, red poppies have been used to commemorate fallen soldiers. In this book Walsh explains why in a glowing tribute to the woman behind the symbol.

Ever since she was a young girl, Moina Belle Michael had relied on her favorite motto: “Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” 

When America entered the Great War, Moina, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act with all her might. Friends and students were now caught up in the fight, storming war-torn Europe. Moina felt they deserved a symbol – people needed to be reminded of the sacrifice and courage of America’s soldiers.

Moina almost singlehandedly launched a national campaign to establish as that symbol the red poppy of Flanders Fields. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to Moina Belle Michael, the red poppy symbol remains strong today.

We recently got a chance to read this book and we enjoyed every part of it. This book is perfect present for Veterans Day and a must read not only on that day, but every other. The book is about the power of inspiration of thought and the motivation to do something meaningful and important.

About the Author: Barbara E. Walsh has fond memories of poppies and parades honoring her father and other veterans. During WWII her father knew Moina Michael, the poppy lady. A former elementary-school teacher, Barbara has written articles for Highlights for Children and Cricket.The Poppy Lady is her first children’s book. She and her husband live in Mantoloking, New Jersey, and Key Largo, Florida.

The Poppy Lady is perfect for ages 7 to 11, with 40 pages, costs $16.95 and it’s available from September 2012.

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