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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:3rd-4th Grade Readers, K-2nd Grade Readers, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Picture Books
Tags:Vietnam Veterans Memorial, family, feelings

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The Wall by Eve Bunting



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I liked this book a lot for many reasons. First, the story is simple and to the point so that children can learn about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and why the soldiers names are on it. Because it is from the point of view of a young child, he explains that, “On it are the names of those killed in a war, long ago.” Secondly, there is a great use of similes. When describing the wall, the boy states that, “[it] is black and shiny as a mirror.” In addition, the writing is very organized and thoughtful. The reader is able to follow along to the young boy’s thoughts and observations of the type of people that come to visit the wall. He also has a realization of what life could be like with his Grandpa and starts to appreciate him more. Finally, I really enjoy the illustrations in the story. The pictures are very grey and depict the serious and sad mood throughout the story. In addition, there is a lot of good detail in the pictures and you are able to really capture the wall and the emotion of the characters as you read. ( )
  kriley5 | Feb 22, 2015 |
I had mixed feelings about The Wall after reading it. This book was about a father and son looking for his grandpa’s name on a war memorial. I liked the topic of this story because many children’s books avoid the subjects of death and war even though things like that can be prevalent in a child’s life. The Wall pushes children to think about topics that are not normally brought up in school or at home. What I really did not like was that even though the illustrations showed that the boy and his father were at the Vietnam War Memorial, it was not specifically mentioned in the book. The memorial was referred to as “the wall” throughout the book, except for one of the final pages were a schoolgirl on a field trip asked her teacher if the wall was the memorial with the name of all the dead soldiers. Children will most likely lack the background knowledge to be able to recognize what the illustrations showed and will not realize that it is a real memorial that they can visit. There is a page after the story that gives a brief description of the Vietnam War Memorial, but it seems to be an afterthought that most children will not read. ( )
  kprinc3 | Feb 16, 2015 |
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 |
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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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