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The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – August 24, 1992
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Linda R. Skeele, Western Elementary School, Georgetown, KY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For many years, this has been my read-aloud of choice for primary grade classes in our school library just prior to Veteran's Day. The children always sit in thoughful stillness, often asking insightful questions about the wall, the war, the wheelchair-bound soldier without any legs in the story, or the grandma and grandpa aged couple tearfully hugging each other.
Not all stories that children hear need to be happy, silly or simply for entertainment. Sadness, loss of a loved one, and unfortunately war, are a part of reality. This exceptional short story is a slice of life that can be meaningfully shared with children, to explore the emotions surrounding this part of reality.
THE WALL is simply a story about a young man who takes his son to the Vietnam War Memorial to find the name of his dad. The young boy's grandfather died in the conflict and at the end of the book the reader knows the boy's head is full of questions. The story doesn't answer these questions, but allows children to verbalize these questions themselves: Why are there flags all around here? Why did that teacher say the Wall belongs to all of us? Why does that soldier not have any legs? The story can also be used as in introduction for not only the Vietnam War, but to also talking about war in general. The illustrations and the story are molded together perfectly into one beautiful harmony. Sometimes kids will be anxious during a story, but when reading this story most kids will remain completely still, taking in the simple, yet profound story. This is a great book to read to children not just during Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or Independence Day, but at any time during the year.
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The only thing that seems to be an issue is that some of the words are cut off. I can still figure out what it says but students reading it on their own may not be able to. Read morePublished 30 minutes ago by Savannah Strutz
This book was exactly what we needed for my kids. The Healing Wall was visiting our town this past weekend so we wanted them to understand what it meant before we took them to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen J
This is a wonderful book and it will make you cry. This one touches the heart of all.Published 7 months ago by Tiffany C.
Classic book forever. I cry every time I read it--and have to read it out loud to myself before I read it to them so I can get the tears out.Published 8 months ago by L. Mcdavid