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Talking Walls
     

Talking Walls

by Margy Burns Knight, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator)
 
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:
9781879600331
Publisher:
Pacific Asia Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Pages:
38
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 12.25(h) x (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 the author of Talking Walls, which has sold more than 200,000 copies. She writes a blog,
“Discover Your World,” and is a Service Learning Coordinator, an English teacher, and a Peace Corps veteran.

ANNE SIBLEY O’BRIEN (Peaks
Island, ME) has illustrated 31 books, including Talking Walls, and is the author and illustrator of the picture book
I’m New Here and the graphic novel The
Legend of Hong Kil Dong. Annie’s passion for multiracial,
multicultural, and global subjects grew out of her experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She writes the column “The Illustrator’s Perspective” for the Bulletin of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a blog,
“Coloring Between the Lines.”

The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband on an island in Maine.

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