Back in May I posed about the origins of the Remembrance Poppy. In the post I discussed how Moina Belle Michael campaigned to get the poppy adopted as the national remembrance symbol and became known as the “Poppy Lady.” A few days later, I received an email from Barbara Walsh who was very happy I mentioned Moina Belle Michael because she had a personal connection with the “Poppy Lady.” [I posted her entire email in the post called “The Poppy Lady Follow-up”] She also mentioned she was writing a children’s book about the “Poppy Lady.” Over the past few months we’ve kept in touch. As the book’s release date drew closer, Barbara stated that she wanted to send me a copy. It came in the mail last week and is a beautiful book about an amazing woman!
I highly recommend the book even if you don’t have kids! Barbara tells the story of Moina beautifully, as well as accurately, and weaves the story in a way that appeals to all audiences. Additionally, the illustrations are gorgeous. And if you need any more of an incentive to check it out, a portion of the book’s proceeds will support the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple, which benefits children of the U.S. Military. Considering that, perhaps Moina and Barbara are cut from the same cloth?!
You can find “The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans” (by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, Paintings by Layne Johnson) on Amazon.com.