Bibliographic Information: Bunting, E., & Himler, R. (1990). The Wall. New York: Clarion Books.
Brief Annotation: A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in search of his grandfather’s name.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 4-6
Readers who will like this: Readers learning the Vietnam war; Readers from Vietnam; Readers who know someone who has been involved in a war
Rating/Response: 4 A solemn subject is well addressed through the story and illustrations of this historical read. By experiencing the effects of war from the perspective of a young boy, readers gain a new understanding of sacrifices made by military veterans.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: “What is a memorial?”
Reading Strategy: Questioning
Rationale for Strategy: Students, especially those unfamiliar with the Vietnam War, will learn how questioning creates reading comprehension by gathering information from and outside the book.
Posted by: Sammi Keller