Poppy Field


The ‘dream team’ of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman reunite, this time with the Royal British Legion, to weave a story explaining the meaning behind the poppy. Growing up on a farm in Flanders, Martens knows his family’s story all too well.  His Grandfather tells him the history behind the faded poem “In Flanders Fields’ that hangs in their home.

The story is told across the years as a poor girl comforts a grieving soldier, to an unexpected meeting of strangers, to a father’s tragic death.  The war has shaped Martens’s family in profound ways – but it is a history that reflects nations.

In a full-colour, illustrated afterword the history of how the poppy came to be the flower of remembrance is told.


Poppy Field

Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman

(Scholastic) – hardback

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

Every Autumn, millions of people around the world wear poppies as a symbol of remembrance.  Why? Icons of children’s literature, Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman, have joined forces with the Royal British Legion to tell the story of why, and how.
Told through the eyes of a young boy growing up on a farm in Flanders Field, who discovers his family’s history and connection to the turmoil of World War One.
This is of course a beautifully told and illustrated story, properly befitting those that remember and grieve.  ‘Poppy Field‘ is a perfect way to honour the past.


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