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Talking Walls
     

Talking Walls

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by Margy Burns Knight, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Joint Author)
 

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Talking Walls introduces young readers to different cultures by exploring the stories of walls around the world and how they can separate or hold communities together. American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists; " Boston GLobe Top 25 Non-Fiction Children's Books, 1992; ALA Booklist, Starred Review; Horn Book, Noteworthy Book, 1993. Full-color illustrations.

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Talking Walls introduces young readers to different cultures by exploring the stories of walls around the world and how they can separate or hold communities together. American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists; " Boston GLobe Top 25 Non-Fiction Children's Books, 1992; ALA Booklist, Starred Review; Horn Book, Noteworthy Book, 1993. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Knight and O'Brien explore notable walls the world over as both symbols and vehicles for cultural connection; PW called this book ``a praiseworthy celebration of similarities and differences among the world's peoples.'' Ages 5-13. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
For teachers, there is this additional guide for Talking Walls. It provides a wealth of ideas in geography, math, social studies, art, cooking, research projects, etc. for all grades through junior high. This is a wonderfully rich and challenging combination of book and guide when paired with Talking Walls.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- A unique introduction to the history and beliefs of a diverse group of cultures. In each of the 14 double-page spreads, Knight journeys to a new location, presenting information and folklore about famous walls all over the world. Some of the choices are obvious: the Great Wall of China, the Lascaux Cave, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Berlin Wall. Others are less traditional but imaginatively appropriate: the Mexican murals of Diego Rivera, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Nelson Mandela's prison walls. Although each vignette is brief, the author holds readers' interest with personalized stories, such as the one of a young boy who proudly chalks his handprint next to those of his ancestors on an Aborigine cave wall, or the Jewish child who solemnly places his handwritten Hebrew prayer in a crevice of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Additional information is provided at the back of the book, as are two simple maps and endpapers that feature the word for wall in 36 languages. Beautifully executed pastel paintings capture the variety and vitality of each culture presented. Use this to launch a discussion about the uses and abuses of boundaries, or connect it to more familiar sights such as graffiti or billboards, and talk about walls as a means of cultural expression. --Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883332334
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Margy Burns Knight has received the National Education Association’s
Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award for the body of her work with Anne Sibley O'Brien (Talking Walls and other books) and the
2001 Children's Africana Book Award for Africa Is Not a Country (also illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien). In addition to her work as an author, presenting in hundreds of classrooms around the world, Margy is also a teacher and community volunteer. She is the Service Learning
Coordinator for the Winthrop, Maine, public school system and has taught
English as a Second Language to high school students from Cambodia,
Afghanistan, and Jordan.

Anne Sibley O’Brien has illustrated thirty-one books, including five titles by Margy Burns Knight. She is also the author of fourteen of these books, including The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of
Korea, and A Path of Stars.O’Brien’s passion for global subjects was kindled by her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in
South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband on an island in Maine.

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