Poppy Field


Every autumn, or Anzac Day, millions of people around the world wear poppies as a symbol of remembrance.  Why? Icons of children’s literature, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman, join forces with the Royal British Legion to tell the story of why, and how in Poppy Field.

Martens is a young boy growing up on a farm in Flanders Field. He discovers his family’s history and connection to the turmoil of World War One. What he learns from his grandfather relates to the worn poem hanging in their home…. ‘In Flanders Field‘. Then again, in an afterword, the Royal British Legion explain the significance of poppies and how they came to represent the history, loss, sacrifice and meaning of war to British and Commonwealth nations.

Poppy Field is a beautifully told and illustrated story, properly befitting the significance of the subject.  Poppy Field is a perfect way to honour and understand the past.

(The Royal British Legion will receive a contribution of £1 from the sale of this book)

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Poppy Field

Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman


 Sir Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman collaborate anew, alongside the Royal British Legion, to weave Poppy Field, a story explaining the meaning behind poppies. It seems that through growing up on a Flanders farm, Martens knows his family’s story all too well.  After all, his Grandfather has revealed the history behind the faded poem ‘In Flanders Fields‘ that hangs in their home.
It seems this story spans the years. There is a poor girl comforting a grieving soldier. Then again, there’s an unexpected meeting of strangers alongside a father’s tragic death.  It seems the war has shaped Martens’s family in profound ways. Then again, this war, the Great War, creates a history that spans nations and generations. There are those who mourn people they’ve never met, people far away.
Meanwhile, a full-colour, illustrated afterword from the Royal British Legion, explains how poppies came to be the symbol of remembrance in Britain and throughout the Commonwealth.
Then again, like Our Jacko and other war themed books by this wonderful storyteller, readers are consumed by the narrative. We see the history and realise the impact of war upon families. Bookwagon loves and recommends Poppy Field.


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