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The Wall

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4.5/5 (57 Bewertungen)
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33 Seiten
3 Minuten
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Feb 10, 2015
ISBN:
9780547531496
Format:
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Beschreibung

A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Feb 10, 2015
ISBN:
9780547531496
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.


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  • (4/5)
    In Washington, DC, there is a wall, a testimony to the large number of people who died, or who were never found in their United States military served in Vietnam. Those men and women, and those missing in action have their name on a panel of the wall, listed in the year they died or were missing.This is a story of a father who took his child to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. When they find his name, they take a piece of paper and rub the name onto the paper. This is also a journey of people they see at the wall who are crying, or like them, looking for the name of the person who died in that country in a war that so many thought was senseless.No matter what the personal thoughts or feelings about this war, the wall reminds us that these people deserve to be honored. The wall is a healing place where many leave trinkets at the bottom of the panel listing the name of the loved one.Thus, the wall was needed. It helped to heal a nation in grief. Stark in its presentation, the shiny black panels are different that a statue. The names give honor to those who did not make it home alive.The teacher who brought her class that day told the class members that this was a wall for "all of us."
  • (4/5)
    This is a story about a young boy and his father who go to visit a wall that honors veterans that fought for our country. The search for several hours until they finally come across the name they came all that way to find. The father takes a piece of paper and a pencil and traces the name so that they have proof and remember the time that they went to find their grandfather's name on the wall.
  • (5/5)
    The Wall is another personal favorite that I read every November on Veterans Day. It is the simple, yet powerful story of a young boy and his father who go visit the Vietnam wall in Washington, D.C. in search of the boy’s grandfather’s name. The illustrations are equally impressive. I tie this in to a personal tragedy. My uncle was killed in Vietnam the year before I was born. He has a helicopter dedicated to him in a park in Waterbury, CT. I created a PowerPoint that I show first so my students can see this war as something more real that impacted their teacher, not just an event that took place long ago in a faraway country. There are several teary faces, including mine, when I finish.
  • (4/5)
    Lovely illustrations enhance the quiet, contemplative but oh-so-very-sad text. This book explores what it might feel like to be a small boy whose grandfather is only a name etched in very precise ("better than I can do") printing on a long black wall. Gorgeous imagery in the text, especially where the boy notes that he and his dad are reflected in the black mirror-like surface of the wall. It made me cry, for that little boy and for all the rest of us.
  • (5/5)
    This book is about a young boy and his father visiting the wall that honors fallen soldiers. They go to the wall to find the young boy's grandfather's name on the wall. This story was told in a very somber and serious way that really makes people understand how many soldiers have risked their lives fighting for our country. 2nd grade level
  • (2/5)
    I almost loved this book until I recognized it for the propaganda that it is. I'm not sure that so many "gave their lives for their country" in this war, as many were forced to be killed and to kill for reasons that weren't always clear, right? The child in the book correctly observed that the memorial was a "sad place," but was promptly corrected with the affirmation that he should be proud that his grandfather's name was on the wall, and ultimately, in a second, he was. Yay.

    I would have preferred that the author capture the sadness of it more & glorified war less, although it's not entirely pro-war because the last lines show that the child would rather have the grandfather in his life than on a wall.
  • (5/5)
    The book is about a father and his young son visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to find the name of the son's grandfather. The son refers to the wall as "his grandfather's wall" and while searching for his name the family runs into another veteran, a crying couple and objects placed along the wall. The father explains to his son that the wall is a place of honor even though they both feel the loss of the father once lost too young and another who never knew him at all. While a poignant story, the author relates a sense of comfort through illustrations and characters' actions.
  • (4/5)
    I had mixed feelings about The Wall after reading it. This book was about a father and son looking for his grandpa’s name on a war memorial. I liked the topic of this story because many children’s books avoid the subjects of death and war even though things like that can be prevalent in a child’s life. The Wall pushes children to think about topics that are not normally brought up in school or at home. What I really did not like was that even though the illustrations showed that the boy and his father were at the Vietnam War Memorial, it was not specifically mentioned in the book. The memorial was referred to as “the wall” throughout the book, except for one of the final pages were a schoolgirl on a field trip asked her teacher if the wall was the memorial with the name of all the dead soldiers. Children will most likely lack the background knowledge to be able to recognize what the illustrations showed and will not realize that it is a real memorial that they can visit. There is a page after the story that gives a brief description of the Vietnam War Memorial, but it seems to be an afterthought that most children will not read.
  • (5/5)
    I liked this book a lot for many reasons. First, the story is simple and to the point so that children can learn about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and why the soldiers names are on it. Because it is from the point of view of a young child, he explains that, “On it are the names of those killed in a war, long ago.” Secondly, there is a great use of similes. When describing the wall, the boy states that, “[it] is black and shiny as a mirror.” In addition, the writing is very organized and thoughtful. The reader is able to follow along to the young boy’s thoughts and observations of the type of people that come to visit the wall. He also has a realization of what life could be like with his Grandpa and starts to appreciate him more. Finally, I really enjoy the illustrations in the story. The pictures are very grey and depict the serious and sad mood throughout the story. In addition, there is a lot of good detail in the pictures and you are able to really capture the wall and the emotion of the characters as you read.
  • (5/5)
    This story is about a father and son that go and visit thier grandfathers name on the wall. When they find his name on the wall, the father traces over it so that they can keep it forever. While the father is mourning over the loss, the son is taking the time to imagine what it would be like to have a grandfather. He doesn't quite understand that meaning of the wall, but he likes to look around and try to interpret what is happening. Genre: realistic fiction
  • (4/5)
    This book's genre is realistic fiction. This story follows the encounter that a small boy has at a war memorial wall with his father. His grandfather's name is on the wall, and the boy learns about war, pain, and loss as he watches his father.
  • (3/5)
    I liked this book because of its patriotic nature. I liked that the father took the little boy to see the memorial and show him where they came from. I think the book did a good job being relatable because so many people have family who have served, while also not being too sad. This short picture book displayed American pride in a tasteful and significant way with showing the little boy looking at the wall of names searching for his Grandfather. I also liked this book because of the beautiful illustrations. They looked like they were painted and the page where it is showing the wall straight on and mentions how the wall is reflective was painted nicely in watercolors. I liked that each page was neat and pretty and added a lot to this short story. The big ideas of this book were family and appreciation.
  • (5/5)
    This book would be good to use when talking about the Vietnam war or memorial day. I think students would like this because they can feel what the boy and his father do.
  • (5/5)
    In my opinion, this is a really good book. I like this book for many reasons. First, I like how the text creates imagery. I can imagine what it looks like in my head when it says, “I can see the bare trees behind us and the dark, flying clouds.” Second, I like how there is a lot of emotion in this book. I can feel sadness from the previous quote. I can also sense emotion from the text when a little girl asks, “Is this wall for the dead soldier’s?” and the teacher answers, “The names are the names of the dead, but the wall is for us.” I really like this quote because it allows the characters in the book and its reader to connect with the wall and the ones that they lost. Third, I like how the narrator of the story also gives a description of the other people at the wall who are there for the same reasons as him. He describes and old man hugging his wife, and a man in a wheel chair that lost his legs and wearing a soldier’s uniform. Lastly, I really like the illustrations in this book. I like how the illustrations are drawn at the wall likes it almost a photograph. I think the main idea of this book is to allow its readers to connect with those who have died serving for us.
  • (5/5)
    I liked this book overall. It was emotionally moving, which isn't a common trait of most picture books I've read. From the sadness felt by the boy because of missing his grandfather, to the sense of pride that the boy's father has in recognizing his father's sacrifice. This book pushes readers to think about difficult issues like war and loss, but also helps them address pride and being grateful to those who have sacrificed so much for us. The big idea is all about war and it's consequences.
  • (5/5)
    The Wall is one (of many) of my favorite books. The first reason why I liked this book was because it is one that has a strong meaning to it. Rather than happiness and smiling faces, this book offers a story that can bring readers to tears. Sadness and war are a part of reality, and this book can touch anyone that reads it. The second reason why I liked this book was because it is seen through the eyes of a child. The young boy and his father go to visit the wall to search for the name of the young boys grandfather who lost his life in the Vietnam War. The young boy is in search for the name of his grandfather, whom he never got a chance to meet. Having this story told from the eyes of a child, makes it much more powerful. Lastly, I like this book because I feel like it can be a big impact in my future classroom during Memorial Day, Veterans Day and even any other day of the year. This book would be perfect for me as a future teacher, to read to my students. The students would most likely ask thousands of questions, but questions are never bad. They will be able to look at the beautiful pictures and the little boy and feel what he is feeling.
  • (5/5)
    Eve Bunting did an amazing job of introducing a topic that could be emotional for some children. The Wall is about a boy and his father who visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and search for the boy’s Grandfather’s name, who is the father’s father. Their search helps explain how many names there are on the wall and the sad tone and the school trip to the wall emphasizes the meaning and importance of the wall. This book could be used in a classroom to introduce a history lesson about the Vietnam War. The illustrations were also done in a successful way that makes the Wall look as if it goes on forever to emphasize the length of it and all of those that fought for our Country. One of my favorite lines from the story was when a student asks her teacher, “Is this wall for the dead soldiers?” and her teacher responds by saying, “The names are the names of the dead. But the wall is for all of us.” This book is a perfect example of Eve Bunting touching upon a difficult topic for children.
  • (4/5)
    Historical Fiction. short read about veterans. good for understanding memorial or veterans day. good to teach all children from kinder to 4th grade.
  • (4/5)
    With this story I would like to use this in a writing unit for the older grades that way at the end of the writing unit we are sending letters to veterans. This is a way for the students to connect to the story, work on their revising and editing skills, and get to write to a real life veteran.
  • (5/5)
    Summary:This children's book, "The Wall", is about a young boy and his father going to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where the little boys grandfathers name is on the wall. Review: This story is told in such a respectful way. There is a certain mood portrayed in this book. While at “The Wall” the father and son see many different things and people that give the story a sad and mournful mood. Honor and respect is a central theme on this children's book and it talks about an event in history that everyone should know about.
  • (5/5)
    Review: This story is a great historical fiction book. The illustrations are amazing and really capture the emotions in the story. Eve Bunting wrote this amazing book and it is very inspirational. Summary: The story is about a little boy and his father who go to the Vietnam memorial. The little boy's grandfather was killed in the Vietnam war and his name was written on the wall of veterans. The little boy talks about their time looking at the wall and seeing people crying. It is very upsetting for the little boy and he just wants his grandfather to be there with him. Argument: I think that many children will be able to relate to this story or know someone who fought in the Vietnam war. I think that it could also be used when teaching children about the Vietnam war.The moral of this story is to show honor and respect for our country and the people who fought for our freedom.
  • (4/5)
    SUMMARYA boy and his dad go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They find the name of the boy's grandfather. As they look for the grandfather's name, they see others who are visiting the memorial. They see flowers, letters, flags and more left at the wall. When they find the name, they do a rubbing and leave a school photograph of the boy on the ground below his grandfather's name.REVIEWI think that this story is very nice. It shows such a loving strong relationship between father and son. It felt like such an intimate scene when the boy helped his father make a rubbing of the name. It's both touching and saddening that the pair have to bond over a dead loved one. The simple illustrations do not overwhelm the story and help make it come to life.
  • (3/5)
    A young boy and his father visit a large wall with many names carved into it, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The father tells the boy that his grandfather's name is here because he passed away. Once they find the grandfathers name they trace his name onto a piece of paper and take it with them. The little boy tells his father that he wishes his grandfather was with him. This is a simple, but powerful story. This book teaches children that it is important to remember and honor those who gave their lives to fight in the Vietnam war.
  • (5/5)
    Summary: The Wall tells the story of a young boy and his father's visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The father and son walk through the memorial to find the name of the boy's grandfather who had died in the war. As the young boy is at the memorial, he pays his respects to his grandfather as well as observes the other people who are also visiting the memorial.Review:"The Wall" is a very heartwarming book that does a great and realistic job of depicting what may go on through a young boy's mind when visiting a memorial of a family member he has never met. In my opinion, the author does a great job of incorporating what the young boy observes from his surroundings at the wall and how it affects him when talking about his grandfather. For example, when the young boy observed a interaction between a grandfather and grandson at the wall, he told his father he was honored that his grandfather's name was on the wall but wished he was with him.
  • (5/5)
    Summary:The Wall tells the story of a little boy and his father who travel to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. They search the wall to find the name of the little boy’s grandfather who died in the Vietnam War in 1967. While searching for his grandfather’s name, the little boy also narrates what he is observing going on around him. Although it is quite a sad experience, the little boy makes the best of it by observing the different people and actions happening around the wall. Comments (arguments/opinions):This story is undoubtedly moving and heartwarming for anyone who has ever lost a friend or family member. I think this story is a wonderful example of a realistic fiction narrative because even though the characters may be made up, the story is very relatable to anyone who has visited this historical monument. I think the author and illustrator do a great job depicting what a visit to this particular monument might actually be like in real life. The pictures are very detailed and accurate, as well as the little boys observations of other people. The author adds a part in the story where the father uses a pencil and a piece of paper to trace his father’s name from the wall. I think this is an important part of the story that can be very relatable to anyone who has ever gone to a memorial like this one because it is common for people to trace the name of their loved ones. I have actually been to the same memorial and traced my grandfather’s name from the wall as well. Like the little boy in the story, I lost my grandfather in the Vietnam War, but I visited the memorial with my mother. I think the story also does a great job making accurate portrayals of the other people and actions going on around the memorial. For example the little boy comes across a war vet who lost his legs, who is visiting the wall dressed in a camo and in a wheelchair. He also comes across an older couple that is hugging and comforting each other while mourning the loss of a loved one. This story really does a great job at capturing the true meaning of the memorial to the American people by showing all of the different scenarios that go on there. It really makes an impact on the reader when the little boy and his father say how proud they are to have their dad/grandfathers name on the wall.
  • (5/5)
    In my opinion “The Wall” is a fantastic book. I think this is a great book for children in grades 3rd-6th. The book is about a young boy who is visiting the Vietnam Memorial wall with his dad to find his grandfather’s name. The book is told from the child’s point of view. The descriptive detail in the book is done exceptionally well. The author Eve Bunting makes you feel as if you are right there with the child. The child in the story shows the reader he doesn't just tell. For example the child says “A woman as old as my grandma is hugging a man old as my grandpa would be.” This statement paints a clear picture in the readers mind about the older couple the young boy sees. The young boy also talks about him seeing a rose placed against the wall. He says “Someone has left a rose with a droopy head.” Not only does that give the reader a clear picture, it also portrays the sadness that is felt by people who visit the wall. The big idea of the book is to encourage readers to remember and honor the sacrifices made by past generations.
  • (5/5)
    In my opinion, this is a fantastic book because the author is able to create so much emotion through the descriptions and language she uses in the text. For instance, she paints pictures with her words such as, “Dad’s rubbing the name, rubbing and rubbing as if he wants to wipe it away” and “They make a lot of noise and ask a lot of questions and all the time Dad just stands there with his head bowed, and I stand beside him.” These images create the solemn mood of the story by using specific word choice and juxtaposing the father’s mood with the mood of everyone else around him. In addition, the illustrations portray the love and the connection between the young boy and his father. There are illustrations of the boy imitating his father, the father with his hand on the boys shoulder, and the boy and the father holding hands. These images emphasize the connection between the two and make them loving and relatable characters. The big idea of this story is that sad and emotional times can bring people together in the most meaningful ways.
  • (5/5)
    A moving story to read on Veteran's Day or Memorial Day. A good story for teaching Main Idea and Theme. Main idea - A boy and his father come to the wall to find his grandfather's name. Theme - Honor. Author's Message- It is important to honor those who have died in war and recognize the impact their lives have had. Reading Rainbow Video featured this book also includes interview with Maya Lin, the architect who designed the Wall. The video also shows several other memorials including Mount Rushmore and a mural of Louis Armstrong.
  • (4/5)
    Summary: A boy and his father went to Washington D.C. to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The two of them went to look for the name of the boy's grandfather, the dad's father, on the wall. As the two of them look for the grandfather's name they find other people visiting the memorial as well. Once they have found the grandfather's name they do a rubbing together and they leave a picture of the little boy under the grandfather's name.Evaluation/ Argument: This book does an excellent job of illustrating the bond a father and his son hold. This is seen through the little boy and his dad as well as through the dad and the grandfather. This bond is great to see illustrated in such a remarkable way. This bond also helps to hold the story together and bring meaning to the wall for the boy. For example, the young boy had never even met his grandfather, but the father wanted to bring his son to the wall to show him how important and special his father was to him. This relationship helped to impact the relationship that was forming with his son. Some students, especially in this area, may have even visited this monument, which would help them to more easily understand the text. The central message of this book teaches readers about the sacrifices military veterans endured for their families and others. The grandfather had served in the Vietnam War, which led to his death at a young age. The young boy needed to be able to understand a little bit about the sacrifice his grandfather made, which impacted his family as well.
  • (1/5)
    I think that this is an okay children's book. I like this book because it shows the loss and appreciation of one family for a family member who served in the war and died. I think that this book portrays a variety of emotions very well. For example, when the child sees another child with their grandfather, he feels sad because he has never had that experience. I don't like this book because it is too depressing at times. I had a hard time getting into the story, and I feel like that make it more boring to read. The main message of this book is to appreciate your family's past.