Proud as A Peacock, Brave as A Lion

Proud as A Peacock, Brave as A Lion

Book - 2009
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Much has been written about war and remembrance, but very little of it has been for young children. As questions come from a young grandchild, his grandpa talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing, and brave as a lion charging into battle. Soon, the old man's room is filled with an imaginary menagerie as the child thinks about different aspects of wartime. But as he pins medals on his grandpa's blazer and receives his own red poppy in return, the mood becomes more somber.

Outside, the crowd gathered for the veterans' parade grows as quiet as a mouse, while men and women -- old and young -- march past in the rain. A trumpet plays and Grandpa lays a wreath in memory of his lost friend. Just then, the child imagines an elephant in the mist. "Elephants never forget," he whispers to his grandpa. "Then let's be elephants," says the old man, as he wipes water from his eyes and takes his grandson's hand.

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion has relevance to a growing number of families, as new waves of soldiers leave home.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780887769511
Branch Call Number: BARCL
Characteristics: [24] p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
Additional Contributors: Benoit, Renné


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For ages 5+. In this picture book, a young boy asks his grandfather questions when he sees him getting ready for Remembrance Day. The grandfather explains why he fought in World War II, using animal idioms to describe how he felt or acted. A lovely story to read with younger children.

An older gentleman tells his grandson about his experiences in World War 2. A story about honoring memory that, while specific in nature, has universal appeal. For ages 5+.

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Jun 30, 2017

Excellent ! Might just be one of the best books on Remembrance Day that I have read for children . The illustrations are awesome also . Highly recommend .

Oct 22, 2012

This might be the best Remembrance Day book we've ever read with our children! Love it!

Aug 19, 2011

A young boy watches his grandfather get ready for Remembrance Day, asking questions as he does. The grandfather explains why he fought in WWII. Along the way, he and the boy used animal based idioms to describe how they felt or acted.

Lovely book to help explain Remembrance Day, without glorifying war. In addition there are some lovely points where a teacher or parent can work on inferencing with younger readers.

lms Jan 02, 2011

OLA Forest of Reading 2011 Blue Spruce title - suitable for Remembrance Day

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