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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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A boy and his dad go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They find the name of the boy's grandfather. As they look for the grandfather's name, they see others who are visiting the memorial. They see flowers, letters, flags and more left at the wall. When they find the name, they do a rubbing and leave a school photograph of the boy on the ground below his grandfather's name.

I think that this story is very nice. It shows such a loving strong relationship between father and son. It felt like such an intimate scene when the boy helped his father make a rubbing of the name. It's both touching and saddening that the pair have to bond over a dead loved one. The simple illustrations do not overwhelm the story and help make it come to life. ( )
  tstato1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
Review: This story is a great historical fiction book. The illustrations are amazing and really capture the emotions in the story. Eve Bunting wrote this amazing book and it is very inspirational.

Summary: The story is about a little boy and his father who go to the Vietnam memorial. The little boy's grandfather was killed in the Vietnam war and his name was written on the wall of veterans. The little boy talks about their time looking at the wall and seeing people crying. It is very upsetting for the little boy and he just wants his grandfather to be there with him.

Argument: I think that many children will be able to relate to this story or know someone who fought in the Vietnam war. I think that it could also be used when teaching children about the Vietnam war.

The moral of this story is to show honor and respect for our country and the people who fought for our freedom. ( )
  knold1 | Dec 9, 2014 |
This children's book, "The Wall", is about a young boy and his father going to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where the little boys grandfathers name is on the wall.

This story is told in such a respectful way. There is a certain mood portrayed in this book. While at “The Wall” the father and son see many different things and people that give the story a sad and mournful mood. Honor and respect is a central theme on this children's book and it talks about an event in history that everyone should know about. ( )
  mnorth2 | Dec 9, 2014 |
Eve Bunting did an amazing job of introducing a topic that could be emotional for some children. The Wall is about a boy and his father who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and search for the boy’s Grandfather’s name, who is the father’s father. Their search helps explain how many names there are on the wall and the sad tone and the school trip to the wall emphasizes the meaning and importance of the wall. This book could be used in a classroom to introduce a history lesson about the Vietnam War. The illustrations were also done in a successful way that makes the Wall look as if it goes on forever to emphasize the length of it and all of those that fought for our Country. One of my favorite lines from the story was when a student asks her teacher, “Is this wall for the dead soldiers?” and her teacher responds by saying, “The names are the names of the dead. But the wall is for all of us.” This book is a perfect example of Eve Bunting touching upon a difficult topic for children. ( )
  sconne7 | Dec 1, 2014 |
Historical Fiction. short read about veterans. good for understanding memorial or veterans day. good to teach all children from kinder to 4th grade. ( )
  pamelapaige | Nov 29, 2014 |
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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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