The Wall

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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

Chrysanthemum

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Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (1991). Chrysanthemum. New York: Mulberry.

Brief Annotation: Chrysanthemum loves her name. But when she goes to school, everyone makes fun of her – until a new teacher comes along.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this: Children on the first day of school; children who like stories with animals as the main character; children who have been teased

Rating/Response: 4 This charming book shows how heart-breaking teasing and bullying can be, and it never fails to get students’ interest.  I love how well Henkes captures the excitement and fears of starting school.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever been teased? How did it make you feel?

Posted by: Emily Hoeschen