Interactive Novel

Where the Poppies Blow

The Life and Lessons of John McCrae

On a spring day in 1915, amid the battle-scarred fields of Flanders, Belgium, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae was struck by the sight of poppies blooming over the fresh graves of his fallen comrades. It moved him so deeply that he penned “In Flanders Fields,” one of history’s most famous wartime poems that continues to resonate around the world over 100 years later.


Who was John McCrae and why is he important? Striking illustrations portray his remarkable life, from humble beginnings in small-town Ontario to some of the toughest battle zones of the First World War.

Features include archival images, original videos, and soundtrack.

Teaching Resources

This novel comes with a comprehensive suite of curriculum-connected resources and lesson plans, paving the way for classroom implementation. The content is bilingual in English and French and recommended for students in Grades 6-12.


A Brief Biography (English/French)
The Power of Letters (English/French)
Animals at War (English/French)
Shell Shocked (English/French)
Legacy (English/French)