The Wall

by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler

"This is the wall, my grandfather's wall. On it are the names of those killed... read more

"This is the wall, my grandfather's wall. On it are the names of those killed in a war, long ago." So begins the picture book first visit of a young boy and his father to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C. The child experiences other "firsts," too: weeping adults and a wheelchair-mobile veteran. The father is quiet and moved; the boy has questions. The illustrations suggest that this family is Hispanic or American Indian. Four sentences on the final page tell about the Memorial. Restraint earmarks this strong evocation of the emotion people generally feel at the Memorial. (Ages 4-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990

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