If walls could talk, what would they say? Perhaps they would tell us who built them and why. Maybe they could even tell us about people's lives today or about how our ancestors lived thousands of years ago.In this book walls really do talk, and oh, the stories they tell. This new edition combines the beloved children's books Talking Walls and Talking Walls: The Stories Continue. Together, those titles sold more than 170,000 copies. This new edition, thoroughly revised by the author, makes the text more accessible to young readers and English Language Learners and produces a book that is ideal for reading aloud. The back matter includes a world map that helps readers locate the many walls described, as well as additional information about the walls, the places, and the people.The Talking Walls books have been much honored, including:Top 25 Non-Fiction Children's Books Boston GlobeChildren's Books of Distinction Hungry Minds ReviewNoteworthy Book from Parallel Cultures: Horn BookPaperback Plum BooklinksNotable Children's Trade Book in the Social Studies: Children's Book Council/National Council on the Social StudiesWinner of a Mom's Choice Gold Award Picture Books categoryPick of the Lists, American BooksellerBest Multicultural Book, Publisher's Weekly "Cuffie Award"Fountas & Pinnell Level T
|Publisher:||Tilbury House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 12 Years|
About the Author
MARGY BURNS KNIGHT received the National Education Association’s Author-Illustrator
Human & Civil Rights Award for her work with Anne Sibley O’Brien and the
Children’s Africana Book Award for Africa Is Not a
Country. She is 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 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Have you ever heard the old observation, “What if the walls could talk!”? A wall may not literally be able to speak, but the fact is that there are a lot of things which walls can reveal to us, especially ones like the Great Wall of China, the Lascaux Cave walls in France, Hadrian’s Wall in England, the Great Zimbabwe walls in southern Africa, the Western or Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, the Holocaust Memorial Wall in Poland, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, and the Berlin Wall of Germany, among many others. What can we learn from studying about these walls? In 1992 author Margy Burns Knight wrote a book, Talking Walls, about different famous walls and what they tell us, after hearing poet Doug Rawlings read his poem “The Wall” about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. A companion volume, Talking Walls: The Stories Continue, with additional stories, followed in 1996. Together, these titles have sold more than 170,000 copies. This new edition, Talking Walls: Discover Your World, combines and updates the two earlier books, with stories about 26 walls in all. Margy thoroughly revised the text for maximum read-aloud effectiveness and accessibility to English language learners. The back of the book contains additional information about the walls and a world map that identifies their locations. Hearing or reading the stories and looking at the gorgeous illustrations by Anne Sibley O’Brien can open many discussions with youngsters about history, geography, and culture.
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