Wonder – Book Review and Teaching Resources

*Edited 6/27/17: Finally, I am so excited to add the official movie trailer to this post! I can’t wait to see the movie and hope it is as good as the book.
 
So, without further ado, here is the trailer:

Synapsis of Wonder:

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, above all, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. Subsequently, these perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, was one of the best, most touching books I have read in a long time. In truth, I could not help but fall in love with Auggie from the very first page, and I am sure other readers did the same. Moreover, stepping into his shoes was eye opening, and you could not help but root for Auggie to succeed. Further, I especially loved the fact that the author included perspectives of several other characters as well; she did this by having certain chapters be from the point of view of one specific character. Additionally, seeing how Auggie was perceived by his sister, friends, and others allows the reader to see all sides of the story, and to empathize not only with Auggie but with those people who interact with him on a daily basis.

Finally, seeing the entire picture truly allows the reader to grasp the difficult lessons presented, and to subsequently fall in love with the book as I did. For all these reasons, I would highly recommend this book to both children and adults.

I choose kind, do you?

Correspondingly, for those wanting to incorporate this wonderful story into the classroom or home-based lessons, here are some great resources to get you started:

Lessons/Teaching Resources

Printables

Since the release of Wonder, even more stories with these amazing characters have been released! Presently, over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book’s most controversial character—Julian.

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared. As such, readers could only guess what he was thinking.

Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. For example, why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption? Indeed, these are questions that many readers have pondered since reading Wonder.

If you enjoyed Wonder you will also like these fabulous books (click any to see more information):

 

 

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Comments

  1. Andrea Runnels says:

    This is a great collection of resources. Thank you!!

  2. Ann-Karin says:

    My summer holiday is almost over and I look forward to start up with teaching again because I will read Wonder to my pupils and I know they will enjoy it as much as I did! Thank you so ver much!

  3. WOW!! Thank you so much for finding all of these resources and sharing them – for free!! I really appreciate this collection of information. My students are LOVING this book and I’m constantly trying to find engaging ways to make it fit into the CCSS. Thanks

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