A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Judy Donnelly, Author, Paul Wenzel, Illustrator Random House Books for Young Readers $3.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-679-80169-6
This Step into Reading book is a moving, appropriately simple introduction to a major monument. Donnelly's concise text--illustrated with well-chosen file photos--skillfully places the Vietnam War within a continuum of American history. Her steady, sturdy exposition is just right for her audience, as she compassionately answers such difficult questions as ``What was it like to fight in Vietnam?'' and ``Why did Americans disagree so bitterly?'' She also introduces Jan Scruggs, the committed Vietnam vet who conceived the idea of a memorial that would include the names of all American soldiers who died in Vietnam, and Maya Lin, the young architectural student who created the controversial, award-winning design. The message of this ``healing'' wall is an important one: ``It says pain, sorrow, loss--that is the price of war.'' Ages 7-9. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Prebound-Sewn - 48 pages - 978-0-606-05043-2
Hardcover - 48 pages - 978-0-679-90169-3
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