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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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I enjoyed the touching children’s book The Wall for a couple of reasons. First I enjoyed the watercolor illustrations because they enhanced the meaning behind the book. For example, when the little boy is looking at the wall of soldiers who passed during the Vietnam war, the wall illustrates the images that the author wrote the little boy describing in his mind. Another reason I enjoyed the text was because it used a non-fiction setting to make the reader step back and think about America’s history. For instance, the boy at the end of the book remarks about wanting his grandfather here rather than on an “honorable place” like the wall. Towards the end the grandson says “but I’d rather have grandpa here, taking me to the river, telling me to button my jacket because its cold.” The big message is to honor your losses even if it is difficult for you. ( )
  Rvealey | Apr 19, 2016 |
I truly enjoyed this book. I liked this book for many reasons. One reason I liked this book so much was because of the imagery Eve Bunting used. Her word choice was wonderful and I could easily visualize the events that were happening in the story. As a little boy and his father took a trip to "The Wall," where the names of fallen Vietnam Soldiers were, they started to look for the little boy's grandfathers name. The little boy was describing the wall and describing the objects around the wall too. For example, one page said, "Flowers and other things have been laid against the wall. There are little flags, an old teddy bear, and letters, weighted with some stones so they won't blow away. Someone has left a rose with a droopy head." Another reason I really liked this book was because of the illustrations. Not only did they describe exactly what was going on in the text, they were very simple, yet very special. The colors were not very bright, because the mood was not happy and joyful. It was very sad, but the individuals at the wall were honoring the fallen soldiers. I could feel the sense of quietness and calm motions between everyone. As the little boy and his father found the name they were looking for, the dad explained to his son that this wall symbolizes greatness and bravery and instead of being upset, the little boy should be proud of his grandfathers strength. ( )
  kelseyjenkens | Apr 18, 2016 |
I would use this book for a read aloud for second or third grade; though students would be able to read it independently. I would use this as a mentor text to teach students about Memorial Day or the Vietnam War. We would discuss what Memorial Day was, and then talk about how this story tells about a memorial we have for soldiers that died during the Vietnam War. I think it would be a good story to use because it's told from a young boy's perspective. Students in the class may relate to the main character, from losing grandparents in war. I would also use it to teach students about point of view. We would discuss how the story was told, and how that impacted our reactions to the story. ( )
  ewhite06 | Apr 16, 2016 |
This book is about a father and son who travel to Washington D.C. to see the boy's grandpa's name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. When they find it, his Dad is still and emotional. The book ends with the kid saying he is proud of his grandpa too, but he wishes he was here to take him to the river. This book is a good example of contemporary realistic fiction because it shows a father and son honoring their loved one who died in the war. The wall still exists today.
Use: Teaching History lesson; Teaching about Veterans on Veterans day.
Media: Watercolor ( )
  Bcruz14 | Apr 2, 2016 |
This is a great book to introduce the Vietnam War to young students. The message of this book is to cherish those that are close to you and to reflect on the impact they may have had in your life. The writing was simple but powerful in meaning. The language was clear for students to read and understand. The language is descriptive as well. The text was extremely detailed when talking about the veteran with the army fatigue in the wheel chair. The story is told from the first person point of view. The young boy is the main character. This book relates to children who may have lost grandparents before getting a chance to know them. The illustrations fit the text and are appropriate to the mood of the story. The illustrations enhance the text and greatly influence the mood of the story. The colors are very soft and brings a calming mood to the book. ( )
  tbarne16 | Apr 1, 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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