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Children's Nonfiction General

A Poppy Is to Remember

by (author) Heather Patterson

illustrated by Ron Lightburn

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2004
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2004
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3


With soothing words and illustrations aimed specifically at younger readers, children will learn how the bright red poppy became the symbol for honouring those who fought for freedom.

The text is simple and is combined with stunning paintings by award winning illustrator Ron Lightburn. The familiar poem, "In Flanders Fields," is included, along with information about the symbolism and history of the poppy and Remembrance Day - all geared towards helping parents and teachers explain the significance of past and present wars and Canada's peacekeeping missions.

About the authors

HEATHER PATTERSON is the author of Thanks for Thanksgiving, Pioneer Christmas Crafts, A Poppy Is to Remember and Canada From Above, all published by Scholastic Canada, Ltd. A former elementary school teacher and children's book editor, Heather is a fiercely proud Canadian. She lives with her husband in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Heather Patterson's profile page

Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. For more information, visit and follow him on Twitter @ronlightburn.

Ron Lightburn's profile page


  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award (Atlantic Canada)
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)

Other titles by Heather Patterson

Other titles by Ron Lightburn