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The Wall by Eve Bunting
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Mar 26, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

“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 realizes he is missing a grandfather, his father comforts him saying he is proud to see his father’s name on that wall. This touches on the subject of war rather nicely it captures the sad reality of losing some in war but also a bit of pride in knowing their sacrifice was recognized. I think it is a good book for showing children war’s sad effects before actually discussing the war itself.
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