Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 11, 2013

November 11 is Veterans Day. All Libraries are closed.

“Veterans Day honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.” http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/generalinfo/a/veteransday.htm

Veterans Day by Julie Murray      [J394.264 MURRAY]

Veterans Day by Marlene Targ Brill     [J394.264 BRILL]

Veterans Day: Remembering Our War Heroes by Elaine Landau                [J394.264 LANDAU]

Veterans Day by Mir Tamim Ansary  [J394.264 ANSARY]

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh           [JPB MACKINTOSH]

The use of the poppy as a symbol on Veterans Day is derived from its symbolism in the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilt in the war.”

In Flanders Fields
“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.”
John McCrae 1915
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