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Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: The Poppy Lady by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

The Poppy Lady by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh.

The Poppy Lady by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

Calkins Creek Books
Publication Date: September 2012
List Price: $16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590787540

Review: In what ways do you honor veterans? Do you donate money to assist them? In the book The Poppy Lady by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, it shares the amazing story of Moina Belle Michael, the giving main character, who can't find enough ways to honor the veterans. She does all she can for them, but always feels the need to do more. If you want to know how she honors the veterans, you will find out soon.

Moina is very dependable and always helps anyone in anyway she can, and because war is announced she knows she has to help the young men going to fight. She does all she can, she makes them socks, sweaters, lets them stay with her but she doesn't feel like she has helped enough. She is there when they leave for war. She opens a place for soldiers to stay; she fills that room with flowers. One day, a soldier who is staying with her leaves a poem one of the lieutenants has written honoring the soldiers who died on the battlefield. At last Moina knows the one act of kindness she should do that would top all the other ways she helped! Moina has helped honor the veterans in many ways, but with the help of the poem she does the most honorable action she could. To find out that humble actions have a significant impact, look for the book The Poppy Lady.

The Poppy Lady is an incredibly meaningful book. Reading the title, The Poppy Lady seems like a picture book for younger kids. However this book is fairly long picture book and is better for older children. However, at some level, anyone would enjoy The Poppy Lady. Everyone can enjoy the wonderful paintings by Layne Johnson the illustrator of The Poppy Lady. Plus this book is very inspiring for some readers and it will make them want to do good deeds now and when they are older. The book The Poppy Lady was written to honor the veterans so the author choose a wonderful way to do so. The Poppy Lady has incredible details. Some people may skip the prologue, but it is important to at least read the last paragraph. If a parent reads this book to their younger child, they may enjoy the lesson from the book the kids are getting and they themselves may enjoy the touching story of Moina Belle Michael.

So the next time you are looking for an inspiring heart warming book to read, make sure you check to see if they have The Poppy Lady.

Review written by Ashley (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Raab Associates for providing a copy of The Poppy Lady for this review.

Have you read The Poppy Lady? How would you rate it?

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