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

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Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, successfully established the Flanders Field Memorial Poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans and their families during World War I and II. Known as the Poppy Lady, Michael dedicated her life to servicemen and women, buying and placing fresh flowers in rooms where they would gather before heading ove ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Calkins Creek
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June Jacobs
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the centennial of the World War I armistice approaching on November 11th, 2018, I decided I wanted to feature books about 'The Great War' or World War II each Monday of this month for my Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts.

A couple of months ago I began searching the local library's online catalog for appropriate titles, and I was thrilled to find this gem in the collection!

Moina Belle Michael was raised in the small community of Good Hope, Georgia, after the Civil
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Alex  Baugh
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
Once again, it will soon be Veteran's Day in the US and Remembrance Day in many other countries around the world. This is a day we set aside to honor, remember, and reflect on those persons who are serving and have served their country during armed conflicts and is often referred to as Poppy Day, thanks to the efforts of Moina Belle Michael A/K/A The Poppy Lady.

Now Barbara Elizabeth Walsh has written a book detailing how Moina earned her nickname. Walsh begins with a brief introductory prologue
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John Parker
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Walsh, Barbara E, and Layne Johnson. The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Calkins Creek, 2012. Print.

The story of Moina Belle Michael is unfamiliar to many that have grown up in the past twenty or thirty years. To older Americans, her name may have slipped, but the memory of veterans with poppies is as familiar as an often-recited poem about Flanders Fields. For me, those memories date back to my neighbor, Mr. Yeager and his ever-p
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Steven Brown
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the wonders of photography and early film we can fall into the trap of thinking of the First World War period as almost a fictonal creation of sepia prints and jerky movements. This book uses simple, direct narrative and rich illustration to restore some of the terror and humanity of the people who went through this difficult time nearly a century ago. The writing skillfully selects episodes to keep the story spare and clean, while the illustrations are historically accurate, rich with ...more
Lynn
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hope youngsters will finally understand the "poppy thing" after reading this.
Full color illustrations, realistic but with soft edges, as if we're looking back in time.
A great addition to the WWI shelf, and something to read to middle elementary students around Memorial Day.
Adelle
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great, forgotten story! Not only is it true, it inspires the reader to support our military and defenders we have now! Also, I think much more highly of poppies than I did before.
Holly
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read while planning 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day library program for kids.
Sally
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful story, I think this book should be an annual read to every child on Veterans Day.
Lydiathekicker
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I wondered, Why had a stranger been so kind?"
Miss Sarah
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated book about Moina Michael who came up with the idea to wear red poppies to honor Service men. Elementary and up
Jessica
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book, super informative!
PickyReader
I lived near where this amazing woman grew up- one road down from me is named after her :-)
Cathy Mealey
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An earnest tribute to the dedication of Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia who was inspired by a poem to launch a national campaign establishing the red poppy as the symbol of sacrifice and courage of America’s soldiers.

While searching through her father’s WWII memorabilia, ten year old Barbara Elizabeth Walsh found a postcard addressed to her mother with a red poppy pinned to one corner. Her father explained who “The Poppy Lady” was and how kind she had been to him an
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Matt Vagts
Apr 12, 2016 added it
Shelves: biographies
Biography book #3
This book is about Monia Belle Michael and how she tributes veterans. It starts out with Germans sinking another American ship. She doesn't want to go to war to but she has no say in the matter. In April 1917 it was announced that American was going to war. Since that day she vowed to do whatever she could for the soldiers. she knitted socks and sweaters and rolled bandages for the Red Cross but she wanted to do more. She delivered books, magazines, and candy to camps near
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Christine Turner
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, pr
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Susan Menk
Tags: poppies, World War I, veterans, Moina Belle Michael, soldiers, Flanders Fields, John McCrae, endnotes, Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans Day,

Moina wanted "to do more" for the soldiers who were fighting for freedom in Europe during World War I. She helped the soldiers by having fresh flowers out where they met, by talking to them and spending time with them, showing her concern and appreciation for their bravery. Finally she was able to do something more tangible by starting to give out poppies i
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Christina
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Tells the story of Moira Belle Michael's idea to wear a poppy flower to remember soldiers in World War I, which she thought of after reading the poem We Shall Not Sleep by Lt. Col. John McCrae (which ends "we shall not sleep though poppies grow in Flanders fields."). After the war was over she campaigned to get veterans' organizations to sell poppies to raise funds for veterans services, and vets also made poppies to sell. A good subject for a picture book, ties in with current wars and veterans ...more
Christine Sharbrough
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: homeschoolers, historians, art afficianados
Recommended to Christine by: blog post
I was curious to know the story behind the red poppies that were always given out when I was a child. This book answered that question thoroughly. It is not exactly a children's story -- not for young children in any event. There is much to comprehend in the story of Moina Belle Michael and her service to veterans that would go over the heads of preschool aged children.

The illustrations, however, are a delight to the eyes. The renderings of the faces make it feel as though one could
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Heidi
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 8-12
This colorful, illustrated book tells the story of Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, who launched a national campaign to display a symbol of the sacrifice and courage of American soldiers who fought in World War I, the red poppy.

In the past, I've bought and worn a red poppy on Memorial Day and Veterans Day to benefit our veterans, but had no idea of how it came to be a symbol of remembrance and to aid soldiers or of who started this tradition. A wonderful tribute to
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Roben
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Moina Michael wanted to do whatever she could to support the soldiers and families of the First World War. She rolled bandages, handed out books, and created a meeting place for soldiers together. As the war finally drew to an end, she was inspired by John McCrae's poem, "In Flander's Fields" which begins In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row... and decided to wear a red poppy year-round to commemorate the sacrifice of the boys that never came home from the war. Thi ...more
Emily
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a wonderful book. We all credit the popular poppy-for-rememberance to "In Flander's Fields," but we don't think about the boots on the ground that actually started the movement. Walsh's book finally tells the tale of how we all came to wear poppies on Memorial Day & Veterans Day.

I had previously heard this story on an educational video by Schlessinger Educational DVD Veterans Day/Memorial Day. I did not find an accompanying book that told the story (I wanted to buy
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Debbie Graham
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting person, beautiful pictures but...a bit scattered at the beginning, jumping around a lot so confusing. Also some poor editing "she cleaned out a slave's log cabin abandoned."...shouldn't that be "slave's abandoned log cabin". It is difficult to write about someone who is a very good person with a vision but isn't really overcoming personal difficulties! Hence the "she wanted to do more" refrain which is a bit annoying and doesn't touch you on a personal level.
Lisa
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is another great book to add to my "Interesting stories of America" group at school. I'm pleased we found this book to use in support of our Veteran community where we live. It is a beautiful book and tells the historical story of Moina Michael and her contributions to remember veterans. One of my teachers found this book for us, and now many children will learn more.
Matthew
This doesn't seem like it, but it's an outstanding biographical sketch of the lady behind poppy sales on Veteran's and Memorial Day. The tradition is a bit obscure, even my fellow teachers were unsure about it, but it was nonetheless very interesting to learn the explanation behind this tradition. The illustrations are vivid and colorful and the text is ideally consise and page appropriate.
Sharon Lawler
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a child I remember November as being the month when the paper poppies were sold for a small donation on Main Street. Other than the tradition starting during WWII, I knew nothing more. This picture book fills in the details. Good choice for Veteran's Day or Women's History Month. Excellent resource material in the back.
Bethe
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
The warm cover art draws the reader in to this uneven biography of the woman who started the poppy drive to remember veterans. Not the best for reading aloud, perhaps a picture walk would do for this one.
Amy
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
What can one person do to help soldiers? Moina Belle Michael did everything she could, from knitting socks to talking with soldiers who just needed an ear to listen to them. She stumbled upon a poem about poppies growing in fields of fallen soldiers which inspired a fundraiser for veterans.
Donna
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did not know this story. It will be one I share with my 5th grade students who are actively involved in service projects for the military.
DeNae
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
We are studying WWI, so this picture book tied in perfectly. I learned a lot and many of the painted illustrations are beautiful.
Amber
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have never known the actual story behind the poppies. It is great to be able to teach it to my kids as well.
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Barbara Elizabeth Walsh has fond memories of poppies and parades honoring her father and other veterans. During World War II 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. For more information ...more