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The Wall by Eve Bunting
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Oct 19, 08

bookshelves: children-young-adult-lit

As a 4th grade teacher, I struggled with how to explain the effects of wars to nine and ten year olds. This book is very moving and leads the reader to contemplate long range effects of war. From Library School Journal:

From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-- A boy and his father have come to the Vietnam War Memorial to look for the boy's grandfather's name among those who were killed in the war. They find his name surrounded, but far from lost, in the rows of print that "march side by side, like rows of soldiers." "I'm proud that your grandfather's name is on this wall," says the boy's father. The boy agrees, adding, "but I'd rather have my grandpa here." Before this powerful book is half finished, readers will be deeply moved. Bunting's understated prose captures the meaning of the memorial to the American people, especially to those who lost loved ones, without being maudlin or heavy-handed. Himler's gauzy watercolors are a perfect accompaniment: impressionistic enough for the characters to appear as everymen. A sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well. --Catherine vanSonnenberg, San Diego Public Library, CA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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