Where The Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey (Strauss House Productions 2014, ISBN 978-0-957124585, paperback, £6.99)
Children’s books about conflict have always fascinated me. Books I grew up with often had veiled references to it, often from authors who been in conflict themselves. When my own children were younger I remember the joy of buying Michael Foreman’s War Game about the Great War, and the utterly wonderful The Cats in Krasinski Square about the Holocaust. Both of these had a profound effect not just on me as a parent but also our children, who still cherish and love both books, despite being much older now.
Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey’s book Where The Poppies Now Grow, about two childhood friends who go to war, joins this great collection and it is a very worthy addition indeed. As soon as it arrived I opened it and was captivated by it; the artwork is superb and the story simple, but incredibly moving. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone with young children who you want to have a first book about the Great War.
This centenary period will see many books come and go, and I sincerely hope this title will not be lost among them. Don’t let it be – the book is fabulous. Buy it and your children will never look at poppies in the same way again.