The Wall: A Timeless Tale by Giancarlo Macri and Carolina Zanotti, illustrated by Mauro Sacco and Elisa Vallarino. PICTURE BOOK. Happy Fox Books, 2019. $17. 9781641240383
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
The king is upset because there are so many different people in his kingdom – why don’t they all look like him? They try t sort out his people, but he has to bring a few of them back to build the wall he sees as a final solution. But after the wall, he wants a garden, and then a fountain, and so on, until he realizes he needs more space and that the wall is in the way and it must come down.
Adults will find this a fine poke at extreme nationalism, but children will easily realize how silly it is to only want people around you who look exactly like you. A great discussion starter.
Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS