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The Wall by Eve Bunting

The Wall (edition 1990)

by Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler (Illustrator)

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Title:The Wall
Authors:Eve Bunting
Other authors:Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
Info:Clarion Books (1990), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:picture book, Veterans Day

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The Wall by Eve Bunting



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the story begins with a little boy and his father. They've come from far away to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather. Other visitors pass by, searching for the names of their loved ones. Finally, the father's fingers stop moving along the wall. "Here he is," he says. This restrained yet moving picture book deals with the lasting impact of the Vietnam War. It's a good story for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any other day when children and grown-ups are thinking about war and its consequences.
Great book to teach in history ages5-10. ( )
  Christina1476 | Apr 20, 2017 |
Summary: A father takes his son to The Wall to find the name of his grandfather. The boy and his father search for the name and find it. His father shows him how to take a pencil shading of the name. They witness an older couple finding their sons name and crying. They see a school class come through on a fieldtrip.
Criteria- Critique of genre: Realistic/Historic Fiction- It teaches about the wall and about the meaning and purpose of the wall. It teaches about how the war has affected families and how people come to honor their loved ones and war heros, but it is a sad place. The pictures are dark and "sad".
Age: Primary, Intermediate
Media: Chalk, colored pencil drawings ( )
  hwestin | Apr 6, 2017 |
The Wall is a powerful, entertaining, and important book that uses illustrations and inner dialogue to convey a powerful message. The book is not fun, per se, but it is a book that means a lot to children and the United States.
The Wall is a simple story about a boy and his father’s trip to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. The father and his boy look through the thousands of names, find their grandfather, and observe the other people around them as they stand in front of the wall. The illustrations take up much of each page and use watercolor and a grayish tone to properly convey the somber tone of the text. The boy and his father are illustrated next to a large, gray wall, with clouds and people in light colors pass by. The grayish surroundings show the gravity of their visit while girls in bright blue and families in warmer colors surround them.
The inner dialogue is also critical to show the boy’s reaction to the wall, his grandfather, and his father’s reaction. He talks to his father and follows his exchanges with brief thoughts such as “I am” after he restates his pride in his father and grandfather.
The big idea of this text is that family is important and taking pride on veterans and sacrifice is a critical component of human compassion and caring. ( )
  khanes1 | Apr 2, 2017 |
In the book "The Wall", a little boy is taking a trip with his father to the Vietnam War Memorial. His father wants to show him this wall to show him that his grandfather's name is on it. The central message of this story is to show that people honor the people that have given their lives for their country. As the little boy is exploring the wall, the father has him trace his grandfather's name on a piece of paper so they can keep it forever. The little boy will always be proud that his grandfather served in the Vietnam War and lost his life for his country. ( )
  LaurenToth | Mar 29, 2017 |
The Wall is the story about a boy and his dad’s trip to see the Vietnam Memorial wall. In the story, a father takes his son to visit the memorial, in search of his dad’s name who died while serving in the Vietnam War. As they search for the name, the father explains to his son the importance of the wall, and how all those names on it are those who have died. While searching for the name, the boy sees a grandpa and his grandson walk by, and he wishes he was able to be with his grandpa instead of looking for his name on a wall. Finally the father is able to find his dad’s name, and then takes a piece of paper to transfer the name onto it. As his dad stands there with his head hung, the boy stands along with his dad in silence.

Personal Reaction:
The Wall is a short story, but an emotional one. Although there isn’t much to the written story, the illustrations mean more than words. The pictures take us on a journey to the wall, where we are able to see thousands of names, flags, flowers and visitors solemnly standing. Every time I see a picture of the wall, it brings tears to my eyes, so this story tugs at my heart. I think that this is a story where the pictures add more to the message of the book, than the written word does.

Extension Ideas:
The Wall is a great book to read in celebration of Veterans Day or Memorial Day. After reading this book to the class, I would pass out a sheet of paper, and on it will be a writing prompt. The prompts that the students will have to choose from will be “What does Memorial/Veteran Day stand for”, or “Why is it important to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in war?” Another activity that I would do for an older class, would be to write to any local Veterans within our community. In their letters, the kids will explain that they just read The Wall, and that they are thankful for their service. The kids will then be able to tell the Veterans a little about themselves, before finally transferring their name onto the paper, the way the father did to the wall. ( )
  KaylaRoseDyer | Mar 26, 2017 |
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I think this book is a good story, and brings a avenue for teachers to bring in this very real subject to light in a sensitive way. I think in the preschool classroom it would be a really good book for children that have expressed knowledge of war, and may be coping with loss, or, a parent that is actively serving. I also think the book could be used in a large group setting to bring awareness to the concepts of memorials to remember loves ones that have lost their life in war, but I think the teacher needs to make sure they present and reinforce information in a way that connects it their lives, and developmentally appropriate. Although some books are recommended for preschool age and up; I still think it is very important for the teacher to examine the needs of the children and adjust accordingly.
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A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict.

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