Al_anna Smunt's Reviews > The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
by Peter Sís
by Peter Sís
What I love about this book is that it could easily be categorized as a children’s fictional picture book and an informative nonfiction picture book for young adults. I love that it takes so much of what students learn in their secondary history classes—as isolated occurrences in history no less (WWII, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the fall of communism)—and synthesizes the information in an understandable way. It’s easy to see how these seemingly separate events are interrelated after reading this book, and as an adult no less! The pictures are wonderful, and the color is used in a very symbolic and meaningful way. the text is sparse, but no less meaningful on account of the illustrations that accompany it; the pictures really are worth way more than a thousand words. I’d love to see this text paired with a high school history unity on any of the topics mentioned above. I could feel the wheels clicking into place in my head as I read, so I can only imagine how well it would work for students.
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