Wonder by R.J Palacio, nominee 2014 Colorado Children’s Book Award
Understanding who we are and having the courage to stay true to self is how we can bring change to the world and ourselves. Often just doing the best we can with the challenges we face brings this change. Wonder explores not only how kindness changes, but makes us aware that everyone, even the bullies in life, face challenges. Our perception is our reality, but the person next to us can have a very different view. Will we be kind enough to not judge?
August Pullman, Auggie, is bright, witty and everything but a normal 5th grader, he was born with mandivulofacial-dysostosis, which has left his face with severe deformities. When he commits to attend public school for the first time it will not only alter his universe, but everyone he has contact with.
“But this year there seems to be a shift in the cosmos. The galaxy is changing. Planets are falling out of alignment.”
We all have to decide how to handle change. Wonder uses Mr. Browne’s Precepts as a way to see how we choose who we can become. Mr. Browne is Auggie’s English teacher. He gives his classes a Precept to write about every month. Precepts are rules about really important things. September’s precept is, “When given the choice between being right or being kind choose kind.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
Throughout the year Auggie and his classmates discover how they live up to the precepts given in challenging experiences. Along the way, they discover their own precepts and how experiences give us the opportunity to become. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read Wonder, it is worth every minute.
Remember what Mr. Tushman, Auggie’s principals says “…sometimes a duck is just a duck!” Don’t think too much as you read, but enjoy and absorb. And if it shifts your universe a little or reawakens you please share your precept.
August Pullman’s Precept:
Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world.
Amanda Wilson’s 2014 Precept:
Being true to self is more important than praise.
You can’t be true to yourself if you don’t know who that is.
What is your Precept?