Canadian Remembrance Day – November 11
Proud as a Peacock Brave as a Lion– A true Canadian Book
This book is based on idioms such as in the title as well as throughout the story; quiet as a mouse, or an elephant never forgets. The sepia toned photo like illustrations represent history, the prominent red poppy throughout the book is significant of the now with reflection, as the small child that tells the story is our future.
I love the illustrations in this book they really tell a story of a child and his poppa (who was a soldier) prepare for the memorial service. The illustrations are so well done that you may even get away without even reading the words.
The illustrator Renne Benoit was able to convey history through the colour of the illustrations. She defines the idioms such as the peacock or lion through a ghost like image and suggestion of the mood of the day by keeping the colours somber or a neutral tone, the photo album the child holds is sepia toned (not a computer or tv). The red poppy is the most consistent and prominent subject in the story, simply by placing it against a neutral background of images.
Thanks to Jane Barclay’s creative play with words in making a difficult story easy to tell.
An Elephant never Forgets
Lets be like elephants this Sunday November 11th.