Visit the Canadian War Museum with your youth group on Thursday, November 8 and explore a range of free Remembrance and First World War activities.
Make a poppy craft to take home, create a simple illustrated story and visit many of the special places in the Museum, including the Memorial Hall. Groups will receive a printed guide with suggested highlights of the Museum for Remembrance-themed exploration.
The evening’s main event is a reading of The Eleventh Hour, a touching new picture book by award-winning author and illustrator, Jacques Goldstyn. (6:45 p.m. in English, 6 p.m. in French). Featuring two best friends, Jules and Jim, it tells of their experiences of hardship and loss during the First World War, right up to its end. Mr. Goldstyn will also share how he draws and creates his characters. The Eleventh Hour is inspired in part by objects and stories presented in the Museum.
Jacques Goldstyn is an illustrator, writer and political cartoonist. He created the iconic characters in the children’s magazines and books Les Débrouillards. His books include Letters to a Prisoner and Bertolt, both of which were chosen as Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2017. He won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2017 for his book Azadah. He creates drawings every day. The Eleventh Hour is dedicated to his grandfather, who served with the French army during the entire First World War.
Official Partners of the First World War Centenary: John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family; HCol (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and HCol (Ret’d) Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D., R.N., LL.D.; The Friends of the Canadian War Museum; VISITFLANDERS and the R. Howard Webster Foundation.
Detail of cover from The Eleventh Hour, a touching new picture book by award-winning author and illustrator, Jacques Goldstyn.