A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 4 Book)

A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 4 Book)

by Judy Donnelly, Paul Wenzel
     
 

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Full-color & black-and-white photos. "The dream of Jan Scruggs, the man behind the movement to build the wall, and the fulfillment of that dream, is detailed up to the opening of the memorial. Designed for proficient independent readers, this book is honest and accurate. It is a sensitive statement about the price of war and the hope for peace, and will impart to… See more details below

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Full-color & black-and-white photos. "The dream of Jan Scruggs, the man behind the movement to build the wall, and the fulfillment of that dream, is detailed up to the opening of the memorial. Designed for proficient independent readers, this book is honest and accurate. It is a sensitive statement about the price of war and the hope for peace, and will impart to young people the facts of this turbulent period in our history."—School Library Journal.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This Step into Reading book is a moving, appropriately simple introduction to a major monument. Donnelly's concise text--illustrated with well-chosen file photos--skillfully places the Vietnam War within a continuum of American history. Her steady, sturdy exposition is just right for her audience, as she compassionately answers such difficult questions as ``What was it like to fight in Vietnam?'' and ``Why did Americans disagree so bitterly?'' She also introduces Jan Scruggs, the committed Vietnam vet who conceived the idea of a memorial that would include the names of all American soldiers who died in Vietnam, and Maya Lin, the young architectural student who created the controversial, award-winning design. The message of this ``healing'' wall is an important one: ``It says pain, sorrow, loss--that is the price of war.'' Ages 7-9. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Sonnelly writes a succinct history of the Vietnam War, and then provides an account of the development and construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This frequently visited monument has a profound effect on those who visit it. A powerful book written at a level that will appeal to and inform the intended age group.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- A survey of the historical background of the Vietnam War including the political events that led to U. S. involvement, the actual fighting, and the reactions and protests at home. The dream of Jan Scruggs, the man behind the movement to build the wall, and the fulfillment of that dream , is detailed up to the opening of the memorial. Designed for proficient independent readers, this book is honest and accurate. With dramatic full-color photographs, it is a sensitive statement about the price of war and the hope for peace, and will impart to young people the facts of this turbulent period in our history. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679901693
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/1991
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 4 Book
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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