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The Wall

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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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Alex Baugh
I was going through my picture books this morning trying to get them a little organized, and I came across The Wall, which I had completely forgotten that I owned. I wish I remembered it so for Memorial Day, but I didn't so I thought I would write about it today.

On a cool, breezy day, a young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The boys notices that the wall long long, shiny and shaped like a V. The names on the wall are in straight lines, the "letters march
Stephanie Calhoun
Feb 18, 2016 Stephanie Calhoun rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I can still remember having a teacher read this book to me when I was young. A wonderful book to read to students to discuss the loss that comes with war.
Colby Sharp
Nov 05, 2011 Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 01, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Read in honor of Veterens Day.
Veronica Duarte
Apr 18, 2016 Veronica Duarte rated it really liked it
Choosing this book for me, was a no brainer since I knew what the book was all about. Although I may have already read the book, the cover always draws me in because the illustration looks so realistic. Realistic as in that same situation has probably happened before. I like that the cover has a lot of emotion in the characters.
This book follows a little boy and his father as they are visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. While the little boy's father is looking for his fath
Mar 26, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Mar 11, 2016 Jillian rated it liked it
It's strange to realize nowadays that the Vietnam generation are now grandparents, and not parents. This book does a good job of making it relatable to today's kiddos, showing the lasting effects of the war on the boy's father, an older couple, and a disabled veteran. The subject is approached with the appropriate reverence and even childlike questions are handled well.
Nov 05, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing
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
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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Brandon Hardesty
Apr 29, 2016 Brandon Hardesty rated it it was amazing
"The Wall" is a historical fiction picture book meant for young children, ages 5 through 8, but it can be appreciated by someone of any age.

It tells the story of a young boy and his father visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. The father is there to search for his father's name of the wall.

This book is a wonderful, realistic portrayal of father and son honoring their relative at the memorial. It doesn't educate children about the specifics of the Vietnam War, but it doesn't have
Apr 19, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing
1. Summary: The story takes place at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Washington D.C. A father and his son are there looking for the grandfathers name up on the wall. As the dad searches the son is watching the people passing by and stopping. There is a man with a soldier’s shirt and hat with medals and is in a wheelchair because he has no legs. There are grandparents crying, a group of questioning school girls, and a boy with his grandfather; which had an impact on the little boy. They found the ...more
Kelly Kline
Mar 31, 2016 Kelly Kline rated it it was amazing
1. What is the book about?
The book is about a father who takes his son to the Vietnam Memorial with his son. The father's dad was killed in action so going to the wall is a very special moment. While the two were at the wall, another little boy and his grandfather were there. The son got jealous because another boy his age gets to play with his grandfather while he does not. At the end of the book, both father and son become closer and get to share a beautiful experience.
2. What are the illustr
Mar 02, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is a children's books called The Wall. It is about a boy and his father who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The reader of this book gets to hear the boy's story about his grandfather in the war. In addition to that, the reader can get an inside look on what this wall is about and the meaning behind it. I would recommend this book to young children who are learning about the war. They would get good use out of this book because it is filled with information.
This story is a
Danielle Rapoli
Summary/Review: A little boy goes with his father to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington in order to look for his grandfather 19s name. the pictures used in the book take on a sketchy quality with particular images, almost as though the illustrator is trying to get the reader to see through blurry eyes just as visitors would. Uses in classroom: 1. Introduction on the Vietnam War 2.Address the current war in Afghanistan. 3.Use for children coping with the loss of a parent overseas. Paired Books: P ...more
Rachael Thom
Dec 19, 2015 Rachael Thom rated it it was amazing
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This book is about a little boy and his dad who go to look at the Veterans Memorial Wall. The story is told from the little boy’s point of view. It is a great story emphasizing the importance of our veterans in American history. This is a picture book and probably good for ages 3-7. The boy and his dad are looking for his grandpa’s name on the wall. In the story, the boy and his dad witness many others who visit the wall with all the names, all while showing respect for their
Dec 02, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it
"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
Oct 20, 2014 Courtney Ennis rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2014 Priscila Lima rated it really liked it
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
SJ Loria
Feb 17, 2014 SJ Loria rated it it was amazing
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
Mishaela Littlefield
Mar 03, 2016 Mishaela Littlefield rated it it was amazing
The Wall is a riveting story that captures the aftermath of the Vietnam War. In this book, a little boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in search of the boy's grandfather. As they search through the thousands and thousands of names etched onto the mirrored wall, hundreds of onlookers pass by and show their grief as well. This picture book captures the lasting effect that the Vietnam War had on the generations of families that followed in its devastating footsteps ...more
Marissa Everett
Oct 09, 2015 Marissa Everett rated it really liked it
The Wall is about a boy and his father visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The boys grandpa served in the war and unfortunately was killed during his time. The purpose of their trip to the wall was to find the grandpa's name and leave a picture of the boy for him.

This book did a great job of capturing what a young boys perspective would be if this was a true story. If this book was used in a classroom, I think many of the kids could connect and empathize with the young boy.

The art in this
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
Mar 04, 2015 Elizabeth Kirkland rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 29, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 04, 2015 Gracie Larcher rated it really liked it
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
Lorena Magallanes
May 03, 2015 Lorena Magallanes rated it it was amazing
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
Gabriela Rocha
Apr 20, 2016 Gabriela Rocha rated it it was amazing
A child and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find his grandpa's name. The child notices a man with no legs, solemn individuals, and flowers and gifts against the wall. They find his name and mark down his name. He leaves a picture of himself by the stone wall and is proud that his grandfather's name is on the wall. However, he wishes his grandpa could be with him.
Eve Bunting creates another powerful story, which gives us an insight of history and loss. In the story a young girl
Michael Blackert
Jun 07, 2016 Michael Blackert rated it it was amazing
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The wall is a story about a son and a grandson of a Vietnam veteran who was killed in action. The son takes his son to the wall to find his fathers name. The boy stands and observes the other people coming by the Memorial and towards the end the boy wishes his grandfather was there to take him to the river to play similar to another boy who came to visit the wall with his grandfather. I enjoyed this book because my grandfather took me to the Vietnam Memorial when I was 11 and introduced me to so ...more
Madison Walden
Apr 23, 2015 Madison Walden rated it really liked it
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
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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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