“A soldier, a handful of acorns – and a hundred-year legacy of hope, remembrance and renewal.”
This narrative nonfiction story begins in 1951 when a family decides to stop at a farm to find out the history of its name: Vimy Oaks. Together, the family and the reader learn about Leslie Miller through his diary entries in 1916 written as war surrounded him on Vimy Ridge. Leslie described his admiration of the magnificent oaks and other trees that covered the land. He collected a few acorns and sent them home to Ontario where they were planted and nurtured over many many years. Those trees stand today, one hundred years later as a reminder of hope, remembrance and renewal.
The oil on canvas art in combination with photographs of Leslie Miller bring strength to this important story. The Vimy Oaks is a welcome social studies resource for grade three through junior high.