Young American Soldier Waits For His Enemy, Rifle In Hand, Finger On The Trigger He Is Afraid To Move And Yet Afraid Not To Move Gunshots Crackle In The Still Air The Soldier Fires Blindly Into The Distant Trees At An Unseen Enemy He Crouches And Waits Heart Pounding, Tense And Trembling, Biting Back Tears When Will It All Be Over Walter Dean Myers Joined The Army On His Seventeeth Birthday, At The Onset Of American Involvement In Vietnam, But ✓ Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam æ Download by ✓ Walter Dean Myers It Was The Death Of His Brother In That Forever Changed His Mind About WarIn A Gripping And Powerful Story Poem, The Award Winning Author Takes Readers Into The Heart And Mind Of A Young Soldier In An Alien Land Who Comes Face To Face With The Enemy Strikingly Illustrated With Evocative And Emotionally Wrenching Collages By Caldecott Honor Artist Ann Grifalconi, This Unforgettable Portrait Captures One American GL S Haunting Experience Personal Review This is definitely not a picture book for small children I am in love with the fact that this story is told in poem format and the illustrations really enhance the text with relevant details While it doesn t get too graphic it truly portrays what fighting in the Vietnam War was like for some soldiers This is an excellent pairing for Myers s Fallen Angels due to the same subject matter and the fact that it offers the same basic ideas in a different format while including illustrations This would be an excellent alternative book to Fallen Angels for students who A couldn t handle the language and graphic nature of Fallen Angels or B couldn t handle the length of the novel This gets the same idea across as Fallen Angels in a much shorter visual manner I will definitely buy this book for the collection This is an outstanding work, blending vivid poetic images with rich collage illustrations Walter Dean Myers poem takes us into the vulnerable side of every soldier He uses contrasting images of the lush beauty of the forests of Vietnam and the searing danger of combat, along with contrasting emotions of a cunning pursuit and the weary soldier s longing for relief In addition, he uses realistic details of combat to put us there I think that whenever our young readers begin to learn about war, it s important to balance honoring the soldier without glorifying war, and this book does the job wonderfully We feel the suspense, the tension of the silence, the shock of the thundering bombers streaking overhead the paradox of villagers going about their lives in the midst of a war zone I was particularly drawn in by the author s abili

Rebecca WeimertPicture BookPatrol An American Solider in Vietnam is a story from the point of view of the solider The solider describes what he is thinking and feeling as he waits for the enemy in the rice paddies of Vietnam He also describes the village and what he feels when he sees the enemy up close Although he is fighting for his country, the solider is also ready for the war to be over and wants to go home.
As I was researching this book I noticed it was mostly listed as a children s book, but I would disagree The story describes killing and bombs I do not feel this is appropriate for children, but for young adults Young adults would understand the language used and the metaphors better than a child In one scene the solider invades a local town and describes the people they are going to attack This seems a little too old for young children The story is sad, but the reader g Walter Dean Myers nevers disappoints His account of a young American soldier facing the enemy in combat is emotional, intense, and frightening This soldier s story is not told from moment to moment but rather emotion to emotion Desiring a reason to kill the enemy, the soldier struggles with his plight but remains steadfast in his desire to stay alive We stare across the distance I know he wants me to lift my rifle, to be the enemy I want him to lift his rifle I want him to turn away In a heartbeat, we have learned too much about each other.
The story addresses the tradegy of the Vietnam War the difficult terrian, the involvement of civilians, and the dropping of bombs This book is intense The reading level is listed as third grade, but the content is really appropriate for older readers It certainly provides a first person account of war A perspective y

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