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Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Much has been written about war and remembrance, but very little of it has been for young children. As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle. Soon, the old man’s room is filled with an imaginary men ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Tundra Books (first published September 8th 2009)
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This is a simple, beautifully-crafted little book. A little boy watches his grandfather get dressed and ready for a "Remembrance Day" celebration (Canadian equivalent of Veteran's Day, I think). His poppa tells him about his time in the Canadian army, how he was proud as a peacock to wear that uniform, busy as a beaver in the service, brave as a lion in battle, and an elephant who never forgets the friends he lost in the war.

This would be good to read around Veteran's Day to launch a discussion
FINALLY! A Remembrance Day book for primary students! A moving story about a young boy helping his grandfather prepare to march in the Remembrance Day parade. This is an excellent book for making connections as small details in the beginning link us to other information provided later in the text. The illustrations also provide 3 layers of meaning and the similies are evocative--particularly the last--which provides a glimmer of humour in the midst of the melancholy.
A young boy accompanies his grandfather to a Veteran's Day parade and explores his grandfather's decision to serve his country as they prepare for the event.

The watercolor and gouache illustrations are amaaaaazing! I love the spread in which the grandfathr struts around the room as if a peacock and in the mirror is the reflection ( in black and white) of the yound solider he once was.

A great read aloud for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.
Nice story about a young grandson talking with his grandfather; they use expressions with animals.
A young boy watches his grandfather get ready for Remembrance Day, asking questions as he does. The grandfather explains why he fought in WWII. Along the way, he and the boy used animal based idioms to describe how they felt or acted.

Lovely book to help explain Remembrance Day, without glorifying war. In addition there are some lovely points where a teacher or parent can work on inferencing with younger readers.
This is a touching book that tells the story of Remembrance Day in a sensitive but meaningful way. It's about remembering, so the kids can relate the bugle and the silence and the laying of wreaths that we do at our assembly to the same in the story. I alternate this one with A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes. Both very specifically Canadian in their perspective, poppies and all.
Jennifer Hsieh
Wonderful book. One that will stay with you and one to be passed down for years.
Such a good book to remember an important day
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