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Memorial by Gary Crew
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Jul 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-book

This artistic and beautifully told story allows students to approach a dialogue about memorials-- why do we have them, what is their purpose, how do they differ? Each character has a different relationship to the memorial which can be examined in studying criticisms and support of the Vietnam Memorial if studying that particular war. Students can compare and contrast memorials, discuss what they say about a national conscious of war and collective memory. Students may also use it in order to do an analysis of local memorials, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial here in Atlanta. Students may ask critical questions, such as whether a memorial has to be in memory of a war or something large, or does it serve a smaller, communal purpose? This book allows students to really delve and may give them ideas of memorials they themselves can create.

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