Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

WOW!  What a great book written by R.J. Palacio.  Wonder is a not-to-be-missed book.  It is a story that will stay with you forever. What makes this story so interesting is that each part is told from a different character's point of view.  It made for great reading to actually see the same situations from a variety of viewpoints.

August Pullman (Auggie) is a ten year old boy who feels ordinary but he is anything but ordinary.  He was born with extreme facial abnormalities and wasn't expected to live for very long.  Because so many children would run away when they saw him, Auggie was home schooled until the fifth grade.  It was the beginning of fifth grade when his parents decided to enroll him in a private school that life really began to change for Auggie.  Before school began, Auggie was able to meet with a few of the students and meet his teacher, Mr. Browne.  Auggie isn't sure about attending school.  His sister gives him advice and encourages Auggie to be a part of the community as well as the school.  Auggie makes a few friends, endures some bullying, and teaches everyone to accept others and themselves.  With all the ups and downs that school offers, Auggie isn't always happy to be there.  But in the end, his participation in school benefits his entire class and his family.

Mr. Browne shares a precept with his class each month.  They learn about it at the first of the month.  At the end of the month, the students write an essay about what they have learned.  A precept, as explained by Mr. Browne, is a rule about really important things.  The September precept is from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer "When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."  I believe this was the theme of the entire book -- be kind because it is the right thing to do.  August creates his own precept "Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcommit the world".

After reading this book create, I think it would be fun to create some precepts of your own.  I also encourage you that as you go out into the world, take time to do something good each day.

Happy Daily Reading

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