Remembering John McCrae
Soldier, Doctor, PoetBook - 2009
A long overdue tribute to the man behind "In Flanders Fields."
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...
Every Canadian student, teacher and parent can recite these powerful words. But behind every poem is a poet, who lived, breathed, and in this case, led an extraordinary life. Despite John McCrae reaching Canadian icon status, his life has been largely unknown.
In Remembering John McCrae, Linda Granfield, one of Canada's finest historians and celebrated authors of non-fiction for young readers, has compiled a beautiful tribute to this man. In a distinctive "scrapbook" style, more than one hundred photos, paintings, and documents are displayed to help paint an intimate portrait of a true hero. Readers will learn about his life as a doctor and teacher of medicine, about his tour of duty in the Boer War, and of course, about his service in WWI, where he experienced a loss so profound, it moved him to write In Flanders Fields .