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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
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This personal narrative story shows the importance of showing honor and respect to the loved ones we’ve lost and the loved ones we’ve never met. I enjoyed the author’s use of the first person point of view of the young boy and illustrations to reflect the author’s descriptive language use. The fact that the author chose to tell this narrative in first person made the act of a young boy and his father honoring their loved one seem even more meaningful. For example, the boy states “He and I have come a long way for this” indicating how important it is for both of them to be there. The authors simile’s and word choice such as “black and shiny as a mirror “and “flying clouds” help the reader to visualize and experience the same moment the young narrator is experiencing, which makes the story more personally significant. When the young boy states that there are “little flags, an old teddy bear, and letter” we see an illustration directly reflecting the text and making a connection to the reader. Also, when the young boy and father stand in front of the wall silently, with their heads bowed, we get a sense of the amount of honor and respect they both have for the grandfather. We also see an illustration depicting this act, reinforcing the strong moment the father and young boy are experiencing together. ( )
  thodge3 | Feb 19, 2017 |
This is a story about a young boy and his father as they go to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The boy and his father look for his grandfather's name on the large, mirrored wall. The boy asks questions and observes the world around him. He notices a boy and a grandfather nearby and reflects on that as an experience he will never have.

Teaching Connections: Memorial Day/Veteran's Day lesson, Vietnam memorial, visualizing, making connections, making inferences, summarizing, making predictions, asking questions

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Video on Vietnam Memorial for Kids - https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=F7122BC7-1DD8-B71C-07CC0CDC91E91CFA ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
A father and son take a trip to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial to look for his grandfathers name.
  sami_schneider | Dec 3, 2016 |
Ages 5 and older. A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC in search of their father/grandfather's name. The young boy notices many people who have also come to The Wall for various reasons. This simple and reflective book deals with the personal costs of the Vietnam War on Americans who gave their lives and those who loved them. ( )
  smebbinga | Nov 27, 2016 |
The theme of this book is to represent and honor your past. The wall is a great book for the reading strategy "Asking and Answering Questions." This book has many instances where you have to be an advance reader in the sense of interpreting things when they do not have the answer right in front of you.For example on one of the pages it has a picture of a man in a wheelchair that has no legs and the text says "His hat is soft, squashed green, and there are medals on it." From the words and the pictures, as readers we would assume this man fought in this war, or another war. That being said, the pictures complement the text in this story very well, if you are unsure of something in the text, you can look at the picture and vis-versa. This book could be a great text to introduce around veterans day or memorial day. The words are simple but meaningful. The author is sure to know include filler text. ( )
  pwood3 | Nov 10, 2016 |
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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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