Cole, Tom Clohosy. Wall. Templar Books, 2014. unp. $16.99. 978-0-7636-7560-8. ISBN:978-0-7636-7560-8. Gr. 3+. P7 Q8
25 years ago the Berlin Wall was toppled, bringing together not only the city of Berlin, but the country of Germany. The Cold War, a term that students today don’t hear very often, ended. This picture book, designed for young children, has a high appeal for older students as well. I am planning on sharing it with my 8th grade history teacher. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy whose family becomes separated the night the wall is finally completed. His father is on the East side of the fence and he, his mother and little sister are on the West side. The pictures are very dark and were constructed digitally giving an emphasis to how dark this period of time was for the world. The final outcome of the book, tunneling to safety, brings the dangers that the people went through to be reunited with those that they were separated from.
September 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.