Poppyscotland Learning presents: ‘The Poppy Story’

31st October 2018

Poppyscotland Learning is proud to present ‘The Poppy Story’, a new book aimed at children aged four to eight years old. The book follows the idea of the development of the Poppy as a symbol of remembrance from the poem In Flanders Fields, and how it is used to raise money and help those who need it today.

‘The Poppy Story’, complete with colourful illustrations by Alfredo Belli, is being published to coincide with the centenary of the signing of the Armistice which led to the end of the First World War. A free copy of the book will be sent to every primary school and public library throughout Scotland.

Poppyscotland’s Learning and Outreach Manager, Isla Campbell Lupton, who also wrote the book, said: “This commemorative book, which is one of Poppyscotland’s learning legacy projects to mark the end of the First World War centenary, tells the history of the Poppy, with particular reference to Scotland. It follows the creation of the idea of the Poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

“From the First World War poem In Flanders Fields, our young readers will learn about the origins of remembrance through to how the Poppy is used to raise money to help those who need it today. We wanted to ensure that all children and young people leave school with an understanding of remembrance and the Poppy, and this book will help us achieve that goal.”

The development and publication of this book has been funded by the KMF Maxwell Stuart Charitable Trust and Historic Environment Support Fund (HESF). Historic Environment Scotland Head of Grants Thomas Knowles said: “We are delighted to provide a grant of £6,745 under our Historic Environment Support Fund towards the production of The Poppy Story book. This is a significant project undertaken in the 100th anniversary year of the end of the First World War, offering a new resource to schools to help educate many young students across the country about the effects of war.”

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