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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  1,306 ratings  ·  186 reviews
A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 24th 1992 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1990)
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Colby Sharp
No one is better at the picture book then Eve Bunting. Books like The Wall, Fly Away Home, December, and Smokey Night stay with you forever. They change the way you think, live, love, and act. EVE BUNTING is the Bomb!
Dolly
Jan 01, 2015 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Read in honor of Veterens Day.
Anne
“The Wall” features a boy who with his father tries to find his grandfather’s name on the wall or the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington. While at “The Wall” the boys see many different things and people that give the story a somber and mournful mood. He sees a soldier in a wheelchair because he has entirely lost his legs, an elderly couple crying, and a drooping flower. The boy’s father is reverent, for most of the story he remains silent and with his head bowed. Although sad since the boy ...more
Beth
A father takes his son to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. to find the name of the father he lost. As the father looks for the name of his own father, the son observes the people he sees who are visiting the memorial. He meets a soldier decorated with medals in a wheelchair, he sees young school children asking questions of their teacher, and people embracing each other, crying for lost loved-ones.

With simple yet descriptive prose, Eve Bunting captures the emotions of what one might expe
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Paul  Hankins
A young boy observes the Vietnam War Memorial with his father looking for the name of his father who died in the war. Beautiful language and a striking presentation of the wall and the various reactions it elicits from visitors.

A super picture book to introduce reverence for war veterans and those we have lost to war. Bunting's language is poetic and touching.


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Robert
"The Wall" by Eve Bunting is a sad story of a boy and father looking at a wall of Veterans that have passed away in the Vietnam War. The father is looking for his father, and finds him and explains how his father was killed when he was his age. He touches the name, feeling it and than traces the name onto a piece of paper so he will always remember the feeling and joy his father brought to him. He is honored that his father is on this wall, and wants his son to be proud of his grandfather as wel ...more
Courtney Ennis
This book is about the Vietnam Memorial and how a father and his son go to visit it. One day the boy’s father took him to Washington D.C. to see the memorial. They went to see his grandpa’s name. There are tons of names on it so they start looking at all of them. The wall is huge and it looks like a mirror because the trees are shown in and everything else reflects. Then a man in a wheel chair comes up to wall and starts looking at all of the names. He has no legs and is wearing army clothing. H ...more
Priscila Lima
This book tells the story of a young boy and his father visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They made the trip to the memorial so that they boy could see his grandfathers’ name on the memorial. The boy is genuinely curious about the war, the father sees the trip as a pilgrimage. This book is beautifully written and illustrated, the author uses simple language while illustrator Ronald Himler paints a picture of a cold, sad day. The story is fiction with a touch of reality, it deals with a los ...more
Ashli Stroyan
This sentimental book is entirely set at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. It is about a little boy and his dad going to honor the little boy’s grandpa who had lost his life in the Vietnam War. The little boy and his dad just stand at the wall looking at the grandpa’s name as people come by to look at all the other names on the wall. This book would be great to read to students on or near Veteran’s Day to teach them what it means to be a Veteran, and how Veteran’s Day is abo ...more
TeacherMrLoria
Today I went to an art exhibit called "Viewpoint of Billions" by David Datuna. It was an interactive, video based, art experience and it was..unique. It reminded me of a time that I went to the Vietnam Memorial on veterans day and it was a powerful experience. A woman said "I know he's around here somewhere." And then proceeded to find the name of her finance, who was killed in Vietnam. He and 3 others were killed by a fellow soldier, whose name was also etched into the wall. And she found his n ...more
Debbie Hayes-miller
CIP summary "A boy and his father come from faar away to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict."

This story gives students an idea of what the wall is like in Washington DC and the many visitors that it attracts each year. It could also be a good book to discuss the Vietnam War and how many lives it affected. When researching Eve Bunting, she said that this was one of her favorite books.
Elizabeth Kirkland
HISTORICAL FICTION- In this beautifully written book that teaches children about the respect paid to war veterans, Eve Bunting takes us to The Vietnam Veterans Memorial through the eyes of a young boy whose grandfathers name is engraved on the wall. The little boy visits the memorial with his father. He understands that it is a sad place. He sees people hugging each other and crying, an amputee in a wheelchair, and people placing flowers and flags near the wall. He also watches as a group of yo ...more
Melody
Nov 29, 2010 Melody rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melody by: Abigail A.
Lovely illustrations enhance the quiet, contemplative but oh-so-very-sad text. This book explores what it might feel like to be a small boy whose grandfather is only a name etched in very precise ("better than I can do") printing on a long black wall. Gorgeous imagery in the text, especially where the boy notes that he and his dad are reflected in the black mirror-like surface of the wall. It made me cry, for that little boy and for all the rest of us.
Gracie Larcher
Personal Reaction: Personally, I enjoyed reading The Wall. I was able to relate to the story because like the main character, I have a family members name listed on the wall at the Vietnam Memorial. The book was a sweet tribute to the soldiers who fought in the war and the illustrations were a wonderful addition.

Read Aloud: I think this book would be great to read aloud to class of third or fourth graders. Reading The Wall would be a great way to introduce or discuss war and the different wars
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Lorena Magallanes
The Wall by Eve Bunting is a great way to show young readers the importance and meaningful monuments such as the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. The Wall is from the point of view of a young boy who's grandfather who's life was lost in the Vietnam War. He is accompanied by his father who teaches him about his grandfather.

The double page spread images done in water color show the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background visible in the distance. Images show the close u
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Madison Walden
The Wall by Eve Bunting is about a boy and his father visiting the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington DC. The boy and his father are searching for Daniel’s grandfather’s name. They come across other people who are also paying respects to their loved ones. Eve Bunting is an amazing author who writes children and young adult books on tough topics. This book is very well written and the illustrations enhance the narrative and set the mood as it is a sort of a sad book. This book would be great ...more
Kayla Fjellbo
The wall is a very powerful kids books. A young boy goes with his father to try to find his grandfather's name on the wall of war veterans. It takes awhile for the boy's dad to find his name but eventually they do, and when they do the boy's father takes a paper and traces over the name with a pencil. The little boy is a perfect example of how many questions a child will ask in a day. This little boy is full of questions about his grandfather and where his grandfather's name is.

This pastel pain
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Chelsea Cameron
The wall is a very inspiring book that can really teach a great lesson to young children and show the proper respect to those who have served our country in a very honorable way. This great story is about a dad who takes his son to visit the wall of Vietnam Veteran’s. I think this is a great book for teachers to read around Veterans to educate kids on what the special holiday is about and how it is so important to our country. I was mostly impacted by the way the father is portrayed throughout t ...more
Victoria Leininger-halpern
I thought this book was a great depiction of a modern-day telling of something very historically significant that happened in the past. A father takes his young son to visit the Vietnam Memorial, in search of his father's name on the wall. It details at a kid-friendly level what the war was and gives the lesson of how important family is.

This is a great book to read to any child to help them learn about an important part of America's history, as well as an excellent historical fiction picture b
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Madison Godfrey
This is a story about a father who takes his son to see his grandfather’s name on the wall of Vietnam Veteran’s wall. This would be a great book to incorporate it into a classroom on Veteran’s day. This is an important book because it shows the children that although someone has passed they are still in our memory. Especially if they are a Veteran, it teaches children and gives them the lesson that we appreciate the hard work others put in to serving our country. This is a simple book but it has ...more
Kawsar Chavez
Historical Fiction- I think this is a a very well written book about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is a story of a little boy and his father visiting the wall in search of his grandfather. The little boy talks about the details of the wall and the different types of people visiting it and also how they are remembering their loved ones. I think the book really captures the meaning of this wall to different people. This book might be a good one for a read aloud with an activity for or around V ...more
Jody
I cry every stinkin' time I read this aloud to my fifth graders. This story is a good way to introduce Vietnam. And for the record, I've been to the actual wall--great experience!
Olivia
This book is about a boy and his father who go to the Vietnam Memorial to look for his grandfather's name. The book is simple yet powerful and has thought provoking illustrations. This book tackles serious subjects such as death and war but is aimed for children in early elementary school. I think if this book was used in a classroom setting it would have to be used in a very calculated way as many people deal with these two subjects very differently. If I were a parent, this book would be good ...more
Brittany Steadman
The Wall is a great picturebook to use in the classroom when introducing war to children. The story is simple but uses beautiful descriptions. A father and son visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in order to find the grandfather's name on the wall. The boy then looks at his surroundings and discovers different ways the war has effected people. The illustrations are almost gloomy, but beautiful nonetheless. The colors are muted and cold, but the attention to detail is incredible. I especially lov ...more
Megan Green
This is a story about a young boy and his father visiting the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington DC. At this memorial the boy and his father are able to find his grandfather, his fathers father on the wall. The boy decides the he will call the wall grandfathers wall. While they are there they meet many other people who are paying their respects to their loved owns who have past on. The author Eve Bunting does a great job of capturing the perspective of the father who has lost someone he has ...more
Lizzy
This is a book about a boy's visit to the Vietnam Memorial, or "Grandpa's wall." There are a lot of somber parts to this book, such as a veteran with no legs and an older couple crying. I think that people might have an aversion to the concept of death and the idea of war in this book. However, the book portrays these in a delicate matter that might inspire good conversation and could teach an important lesson about our country's history and about family history. This would be more fitting for o ...more
Kaity
This is a story about a young boy and his father visiting the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington DC. It is very touching and has a lot of power behind it when you are reading it. At the memorial the boy and his father find his grandfather on the wall. Later the boy does the sweetest thing and calls the wall grandfathers wall. While at the memorial the boy and his father meet many other people that are also playing their respects to their loved ones. This book could be used in an elementary ...more
Suzanna
This book completely takes place at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. It is about a little boy and his dad going to honor the little boy’s grandpa who had lost his life in the Vietnam War. The little boy and his dad just stand at the wall looking at the grandpa’s name as people come by to look at the all the other names on the wall. This book would be great to read to students on or near Veteran’s Day to teach them what it means to be a Veteran and how Veteran’s Day is about ...more
Victoria Moore
"The Wall" by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Ronald Himler is a touching tear jerker that focuses on grief, loss and war without being too sentimental. Located at the "Vietnam Veteran's Memorial" in Washington, D.C. the day a boy and his father visit, the wall becomes the setting for a series of poignant scenes observed astutely and narrated by the little boy. Sophisticated and mature enough to recognize grief in others it's his viewpoints that makes the story so gripping. The illustrations ...more
Maria Garcia
This book is great to read in honor of Veterens Day. A boy and his dad go to "The Wall" to try to find his grandfather’s name the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington. While there the boys see many different things and people. He sees a soldier in a wheelchair because he has entirely lost his legs, an elderly couple crying. The boy realizes he is missing a grandfather, his father comforts him saying he is proud to see his father’s name on that wall. This is a really sad story but it depicts w ...more
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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