Penticton author wants book in children’s hands

A children’s book by Penticton’s Yasmin John-Thorpe presents the Battle of Vimy Ridge in First World War to a young audience.

Penticton author wants book in children’s hands

A children’s book by Penticton’s Yasmin John-Thorpe presents the Battle of Vimy Ridge in First World War to a young audience.

The book, Grandpa’s Gift, was published this year, in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the historic battle.

“I really wanted the younger students to know what we are celebrating on April 9, 2017,” she said. “By reading the story, the students will know what the Canadians did to help the Allies win the ridge.”

During the Battle of Vimy Ridge, from April 9 to 12, 1917, the Canadian Corps fought to take control of high ground held by the Germans.

The Canadians captured most of the ridge during the first day, but the final fortified knoll near the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle did not fall until April 12.

The book begins at Skaha Beach, with a grandfather telling his grandson, Jackson, the story of how the Canadians came to Vimy Ridge.

In the end, Jackson’s birthday gift is a trip to visit Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary of the battle.

John-Thorpe is working to get the book distributed to students between the ages of eight and 14, so they can learn this part of Canada’s history.

“In our schools we don’t teach Canadian history any longer,” John-Thorpe said, adding students will not learn about this battle unless they choose to take Canadian history in Grade 11 or 12.

She said the story is important since many of the Canadian soldiers during the First World War were not much older than her target audience. Many lied about their ages and enlisted when they were 15 and 16.

By the end of the battle, 3,598 Canadians had been killed and 7,004 had been wounded.

Paul Randall, a veteran, will visit some of the schools with John-Thorpe. He said the book presents the history in story form.

“I enjoyed the balance of the story of Grandpa’s Gift,” he said. “It covered the main points on the cause of the war, and the preparation and battle at Vimy Ridge by the Canadian soldiers. I liked the interaction between the grandfather and his grandson and the connection with the iPad and the curiosity of the grandson to learn. The tie in with a local soldier was a nice touch.”

The Royal Canadian Legion of British Columbia and the Yukon has asked for 4,000 copies of the book and will put two copies into every public, private and First Nations school library which serves students in Grades 4 to 8.

 

Just Posted

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Naramata community in shock as condolences pour in for homicide victim Kathy Richardson

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

Princeton GSAR responds 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2020 the crew was called out 34 times, and members spent 721 hours on calls, and 683 hours training. Photo Princeton GSAR Facebook
Teen missing in Manning Park found after 24 hours

Young man spends night on mountain and survives with just a few scrapes

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

18-year-old skier Logan Leach follows his guide, Julien Petit, down an alpine track. The Lumby athlete who is visually impaired has been named to Alpine Canada’s Ski Team ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Contributed)
North Okanagan teen named to national Para-Alpine ski team

18-year-old Logan Leach officially joins Canada’s Para-Alpine roster ahead of Beijing 2022

Carina Stokes, bar manager at Enderby’s Small Axe Bistro, was recognized as one of four exceptional B.C. restaurant workers by the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Contributed)
Okanagan bar manager recognized as ‘stand-up’ B.C. restaurant worker

Small Axe Roadhouse’s Carina Stokes one of four to receive special recognition from the BCRFA

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Most Read