The Blue and the Gray by Eve Bunting

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A young white boy and his African-American friend explore the grassy fields near the construction area of their new homes, which is on the site of an 1862 Civil War battleground, and one boy's father reminds them of the war's lesson of freedom.
 

About Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969. That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times. Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor. Bittinger is a prominent, award-winning portrait painter. He paints in a style of realism that retains fresh and spontaneous brushwork.
 
Published November 1, 1996 by Scholastic. 1996 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bunting adds to her series of picture books with serious themes (Smoky Night, 1994, etc.) with this account of an unnamed Civil War battle framed within a present-day story of two young boys, one black, one white, whose new homes are being constructed within view of an unmarked battlefield.

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There’s something particularly upsetting about losing a brand-new possession, so it’s no wonder that Duck is feeling a little lost himself: “I’m trying not to be depressed./ Without my socks I feel undressed.” His friends—whose names also rhyme with “socks”—are sympathetic and o...

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Construction on a Civil War battlefield provides the setting for this tale of a friendship between two boys, one black and one white, and the action alternates between the present and the long-ago conflict.

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Bunting's (Smoky Night) verse shows glimmers of the lyricism of which she is capable (""The barrels of their muskets/ hard and black/ gave back/ the dazzle of the sun""), but it is marred by occasionally awkward phrasing (""The little puffs of smoke/ burst like gray dust/ around the barrel of eac...

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