Must Read Mentor Text - Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion

Hi guys! Seriously quick post today. Just wanted to stop by and link up with Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their linky...

This week's theme is social studies texts. I am suggesting the book

I think this is a great book to use around Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day. It is also a great book for teaching about similes. Here is the description from Amazon:

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
The text is simple - but the feelings and imagery make the book more complex and suitable for any grade. I hope to use this book this November to discuss Remembrance Day/Peace/Anti-Bullying and make our own simile posters/class book. As you can see I am still thinking it through - but it is definitely a book worth checking out.


  1. This may have been quick, but it's a great recommendation! I have never seen this one, so I must check it out...


  2. I've never seen/heard of this book before but it looks like a wonderful one. Thanks for the suggestion. I am going to try to grab it from the library.

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  3. This is a new title for me as well. Thank you for sharing it! I need a good book to share on Veteran's Day, and this looks like it fits perfectly.

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