Review: The Poppy Lady

The Poppy Lady :: Children's Book Review
Image Source: Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

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

Author: Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

Painter: Layne Johnson

Published in 2012 by Calkins Creek

The Poppy Lady is the remarkable story of Moina Belle Michael, the woman who worked hard to initiate the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance and honor for soldiers throughout the duration World War I. She dedicated her work to maintaining the powerful gratitude they represented. This book is a wonderful and informative telling of her life’s work to institute this symbol that we still see today. The writers did extensive research and worked with primary sources as well as relatives of Moina Belle Michael herself to ensure they provide accurate information. The history of these red poppy flowers is well explained throughout this book, which serves as a great nonfiction read.

Additional Resources:

Moina Belle Michael biography:

Author website Moina Belle Michael biography:

Article about wearing poppies on remembrance day:


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