The Wall

The Wall


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Author Biography: Ronald Himler is the illustrator of several successful picure books for Clarion, including TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE, FLY AWAY HOME, and THE WALL. Mr. Himler studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and New York University. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Storytelling and the magic of words have always been important to Eve Bunting. She grew up in Northern Ireland, where storytelling is a tradition, and came to America as a young mother. Eve writes every day and her ideas come from what excites and interests her. She has the unique ability to address contemporary social issues, from homelessness to illiteracy, in a sensitive manner, and at the same time to explore the dynamics of family relationships. Eve Bunting is the author of more than 200 beloved books for young people, from preschoolers to teenagers.. Among her many popular picture books for Clarion are THE WALL, FLY AWAY HOME, and TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395629772
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/24/1992
Series: Reading Rainbow Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 102,921
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: AD270L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

 Ronald Himler is the award-winning illustrator of more than 75 books for children. He lives in the desert outside of Tuscon, Arizona and can be visited online at

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"A sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well." School Library Journal, Starred

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The Wall 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
sandiwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! WHat a poweerful book about the vietnam war memorial. It is a touching book that lets young disover the importance of our war hero's. This would be a great book to use for Veterans day.
smorales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial contains the names of many who died in the war, including this father and grandpa of the characters in the book. Very touching book. Shows compassion and teaches the young readers about fighting for our country.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved reading the book, "The Wall". The book is about the Vietnam Verterans Memorial in Washington. I think this book would be a wonderful tool when teaching students about war or Washington. I really liked this book because my uncle's name is on the wall.
AuntKrissy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Available as an audio download; Author also wrote A Day's Work, Smoky Night, Going Home, Night Tree, Fly Away Home.
Warnerp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author has won numerous awards and honors including the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers, and the PEN Los Angeles Center Literary Award for Special Achievement in Children's Literature.
mmuncy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wall was a delicately written story for children about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A father takes his son to the memorial to find the boy¿s grandfather¿s name. While looking at the wall the boy sees other people pass. They find the name they are looking for and the father makes an impression of it on paper. The boy sees another boy and his grandfather pass by with the little boy asking if they can go to river. A group of school girls leaves flags at the wall and leaves. The story ends with the father and little boy talking about how proud they are that the grandfather¿s name is on the wall.This was a touching story. The short choppy sentences, I felt, made it more emotional.This would be a good book to read on Memorial Day or Veteran¿s Day. The teacher could give the students the assignment of going home and finding out if they have any veterans in their family and maybe write a short biography about the ones they have.
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wall is about a young boy and his dad going to the Wall, that is a memorial for all the soliders who died or are missing in action from the vietnam war. The little boy and his dad go to the Wall to locate his grandfathers name. The book talks about all the items and people that the little boy sees at the memorial. At the end it talks about how the little boy wishes his grandfather was there to take him to the river.This story was moving story from a child's point of view for a grandfather that he never knew. I enjoyed reading this book because I really enjoy reading historical books. It was a good book to capture the memorial for a younger audience.For a classroom extension, the class could search on the internet for an actual picture of the wall and read some of the names they come across. Also, each student could recall a member of their family that they may have never met and what it would be like if they met them.
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The Wall is a story by Eve Bunting. It is about a little boy and his dad who go to the wall, in Washington D.C., to look for the grandfather's name. The wall is a memorial for all soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. While they are looking, they see many other people looking too. They see two pair of gradnparents that were both crying. I really liked this book because the author shares a really good thought that soldiers should never be forgotten. This book also reminds me of my uncle Rick who was in a war. I think everyone should read this book if you have a relative or friend that fought in a war or if you want to remember other people or events from the past. This book is sad but, I think you'll enjoy reading it.