I always love when a book grabs me and pulls me in so much so that I cannot escape it. Not only that, but when I finish the story I still feel like the characters are living their life and the story continues. Certainly that is the case with the book I just finished, and I invite you to read it (even if you aren’t a teacher) and share it with your students, family, and friends.
I downloaded this book from the local library and read it on my Kindle Fire, however it is so powerful that I am going to purchase my own copy. Wonder was released on February 14, 2012 by author R.J. Palacio. The story is told from multiple viewpoints and chapters are small snippets that allow the reader to move quickly through the text.
Kindness, courage, friendship, compassion, empathy, and acceptance are just a few of the themes that run throughout the book. Here are two of my favorite quotes from the story:
If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place.
Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.
Not wanting to give away too much about the story, I am going to tell you to just read it! And, don’t forget to check out the Choose Kind website for great ideas that stem from the reading of the book. All in all, this book receives a five heart review from me.
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