The Poppy

 The Poppy

by Andrew Plant 

Stunningly illustrated in over 70 paintings, The Poppy is the true story of one of Australia’s greatest victories, and of a promise kept for nearly a century. On Anzac Day, 1918, a desperate night counter-attack in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux became one of Australia’s greatest victories. A bond was forged that night between France and Australia that has never been broken. Villers-Bretonneux is ‘The town that never forgets’. What was achieved that terrible night – and what happened after – is a story that, likewise, Australians should never forget.

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$26.95 hardcover

$16.95 paperback

Buy The Poppy 

9781925000313 (hardcover)
Publication date:
March 2014 (hardcover)
July 2014 (paperback)
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Portrait
$26.95 (hardcover)
$16.95 (paperback)
Category: Historical Non-fiction
Age guide: 9+

Teacher's Notes

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The Silent Poppy: A Class Activity

For use in schools only. © Andrew Plant 2015

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About the Author

Andrew is an author and illustrator of picture books. He has presented sessions in schools and libraries from Alice Springs to Beijing and France. He also paints murals, and designs and builds theatre sets for schools and amateur theatre groups. Andrew's next book, The Poppy, a story of Australian soldiers in France in World War 1, is to be released in March 2014 by Ford Street Publishing. Andrew explores the creation of a picture book through fun, rambunctious sessions drawing (literally) on the students' imagination. Early primary students learn about the basics of character and plot, whilst older students develop ideas on point of view and design. All students leave the session with their own book in hand. Andrew’s presentations range from an hour to longer artist-in-residence programs.

Ask Andrew to speak at your event.