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Talking Walls

By (author) Margy Burns Knight
Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Quarry Press,Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Published: 15th May 1993
Dimensions: h 300mm
Interest age: 6-12
Reading age: 8-10
ISBN-10: 1550820567
ISBN-13: 9781550820560
Barcode No: 9781550820560

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What is a wall? Keynoting their venture with a Robert Frost quote ("Before I built a wall I'd ask to know/What I was walling in or walling out..."), Knight and O'Brien explore the concept in 14 two-page presentations of notable walls from six continents and many periods: defensive (China's Great Wall, Berlin, the walls of Mandela's prison); walls holding prehistoric artwork in Australia and France, as well as Rivera's frescoes; historic sites (Jerusalem's Western Wall); the Vietnam Memorial. The brief, straightforward text is augmented by additional concluding notes; the large, double-spread illustrations are in a relaxed, impressionistic style, expressive and lively with activity - including a multicultural east of modern children at the sites. Thoughtfully composed, an unusually attractive book that wisely allows readers to draw their own inferences. (Kirkus Reviews)