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The Vimy Oaks

By Linda Granfield, Illustrated by Brian Deines
ISBN: 9781443148504 Pages: 36 Ages: 7-12 Dimensions: 9.23" x 11.2"
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An act of hope and renewal amidst the destruction of war provides a living memorial, in time for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Imagine, a young soldier standing in the midst of a landscape ravaged by war, pocketing a handful of acorns from the blasted trees, and posting them home. In April 1917, after the Battle at Vimy Ridge, Leslie H. Miller – a teacher, a farmer, and a soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force—did just that. Over the following one hundred years, those acorns became majestic oaks, standing at the site of Miller’s family farm in Ontario.

Vimy Ridge is considered Canada’s greatest First World War victory, although its toll was devastating. This moving book, filled with beautiful artwork, and archival photos contextualizes a Canadian soldier’s experience in the Great War while highlighting this extraordinary gesture of hope and renewal. Now, a century later, the results of this simple act have created a living memorial to those who served.


Praise for The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace:

"Recounting this amazing story of the repatriation of the Vimy Oaks in France, Linda Granfield's moving text, paired with Brian Deine's stunning artwork, is a pleasure to behold. Many archival photographs add context to the story. This is a picture book that will be shared with generations to come as it celebrates a most important part of Canada and France's shared history and acknowledges the importance of peace." — Sandra O'Brien, Canadian Children's Book News


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