This is a story about a Special boy who after years of home-schooling by his mother, is told that she can’t really continue doing so and that for him it might be better to go to a ‘normal’ school. He is confronted with the ensuing conflicting feelings about change and the ‘outside world’ that he has mostly been sheltered from. Throughout it is obvious that Auggie strives to be himself and wants to be accepted for whom he is.
An uplifting story, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, attempts to convey the message and build an awareness that we are all different from each other and unique in our own ways. Beautifully told from many different perspectives: Auggie himself, his sister, sister’s boyfriend, sister’s former best friend and two of his friends at the school, this book is perfect for upper elementary and middle school. Adults read it too and find so much to talk about and discuss with students and children – it teaches children the best ways to facilitate a kinder, more open-minded world.
Published February, 2012
“We’re all wonders “ a powerfully illustrated picture book outlining the main idea of Wonder was released after the success of Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The narrator of this book – the boy, Auggie Pullman – loves to do things all children do: ride a bike, eat ice cream, play ball, and hang out with his dog, Daisy. But, the only difference is that he doesn’t look like other children. Although his mother says he is unique–a wonder–other people often stare or laugh which hurts his feelings. During these moments, he imagines putting on a space helmet, and traveling to Pluto, watches the earth from far away. He reflects on the diversity of humans on the planet, room for everyone. Although he knows he can never change his appearance, he hopes that other people will change their perspective and see him not as different, but as the wonder he is. And in choosing kindness, they’ll know that they are wonders, too. The book closes with the reminder: Look with kindness and you will always find wonder.
Published March, 2017
Both books put forth the message – ‘The Earth is big enough for all kinds of people … Look with kindness and you will always find wonder’ – for children of different age groups and will definitely inspire kindness and acceptance. If you are looking for a book to teach Empathy then these are definitely one to go for.
We’re all wonders for Preschool to Grade 3
Wonder for Grades 3 and above