Bibliographic Information: Bunting, E., & Himler, R. (1990). The wall. New York: Clarion Books.
Brief Annotation: A Boy and his father travel to the Vietnam Memorial to find his grandfather’s name on the wall.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: K-3
Readers who will like this: Children who are interested in history; Children with family in the military; Teachers who want to teach students about wars without teaching about actual war (fighting)
Rating/Response: 4 I thought that this was a wonderful book to teach children about war without teaching about the fighting that happens during war. Because it was written from a child’s point of view, children will not have a difficult time understanding the context of the book. It is a great book to open up a discussion about Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day. The teacher should be ready to answer questions about The Vietnam War or why war happens after reading aloud. They should be prepared with kid friendly answers.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Are any of you familiar with Veteran’s day? There are lots of questions that could be asked during the story, such as why the boy thinks some of the things he does (about specific things and characters mentioned in the book) and “Why is the dad upset when he sees his father’s name on the wall?”
Posted by: Mariah Townsend