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."
Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
Random House Children's Books