We’re All Wonders By R.J. Palacio

 

 

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We’re All Wonders is the picture story version of the 2012 novel, Wonder, written by the same author. In 2017, Wonder was made into a film, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, who plays the lead character of a child with Treacher Collins syndrome.

Summary:

In We’re All Wonders, the main character (Auggie’s) physical difference is illustrated in the absence of one eye. The story is told in the first person and Auggie explains how he knows he is not an ordinary kid. He can do all the ‘ordinary kid’ type activities, but he doesn’t look like other kids. He talks about how sometimes other people point or laugh at him and he explains how sad that makes him feel.

Perhaps if he could change how people see, he could show them that he is actually a wonder; we’re all wonders.

Why I love it:

I am a massive fan of any book that teaches and reinforces kindness and acceptance of differences. I have been hanging to show my own children the film ‘Wonder’ and was absolutely thrilled to stumble across this picture story book in the Year 2 class I am currently teaching.

After reading it to the class, we had such a wonderful conversation about the issues raised in the story and I think we all gained a little insight into each other’s lives and experiences and a little more appreciation of the need for kindness.

This book is a must-read!

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Differences
  • Similarities
  • Feelings
  • Acceptance
  • Kindness
  • Understanding
  • What it means to be unique
  • Coping mechanisms and strategies
  • Friendship

 Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:

  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What do you notice about the boy on the cover?
  • Why do you think he might be wearing a helmet?
  • What do you think a ‘wonder’ is?

After reading:

  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • Why did other people sometimes point and laugh at the boy?
  • How did that make him feel?
  • What did he do to cope when he felt sad?
  • What do you do when you feel sad?
  • Have other people ever made you feel bad about yourself? Tell me about it?
  • Do you think it’s important to be kind to others? Why/Why not?
  • If you could say one thing to the boy in this story, what would it be?

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