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The Wall

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A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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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A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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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Editorial Reviews

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"A sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well." School Library Journal, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his father to seek out his grandfather's name. The well-matched text and illustrations are soft but stirring. Ages 4-8. Aug.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Other new Carry-Along titles include The Wall, Eve Bunting's story about a father-and-son visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, illus. by Ronald Himler, and a new version of the popular nursery story, The Three Bears, by Paul Galdone. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Eve Bunting's The Wall (Clarion, 1990) has been faithfully transferred to the audio format in this poignant retelling of a small boy's search for his grandfather's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In a subdued voice, the male narrator reads the story, accompanied by a few background sounds and some guitar and flute music reminiscent of the folk music that was popular during the era of the Vietnam War. There is a brief introduction and a follow-up instructing listeners to rewind the tape, or to turn it over if they want to listen without the page turning chime. The audio quality is excellent, and the narrator's voice captures the quiet grief that the boy and his father feel over their loss. This is a picture book that begs to be read by a sensitive adult, and this version satisfies that need. For school and public library collections.-Linda R. Skeele, Western Elementary School, Georgetown, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-- A boy and his father have come to the Vietnam War Memorial to look for the boy's grandfather's name among those who were killed in the war. They find his name surrounded, but far from lost, in the rows of print that ``march side by side, like rows of soldiers.'' ``I'm proud that your grandfather's name is on this wall,'' says the boy's father. The boy agrees, adding, ``but I'd rather have my grandpa here.'' Before this powerful book is half finished, readers will be deeply moved. Bunting's understated prose captures the meaning of the memorial to the American people, especially to those who lost loved ones, without being maudlin or heavy-handed. Himler's gauzy watercolors are a perfect accompaniment: impressionistic enough for the characters to appear as everymen. A sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well. --Catherine vanSonnenberg, San Diego Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395629772
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 75,909
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2001

    A story to remind us that soldiers who've died should never be forgotten.

    The Wall is a story by Eve Bunting. It is about a little boy and his dad who go to the wall, in Washington D.C., to look for the grandfather's name. The wall is a memorial for all soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. While they are looking, they see many other people looking too. They see two pair of gradnparents that were both crying. I really liked this book because the author shares a really good thought that soldiers should never be forgotten. This book also reminds me of my uncle Rick who was in a war. I think everyone should read this book if you have a relative or friend that fought in a war or if you want to remember other people or events from the past. This book is sad but, I think you'll enjoy reading it.

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