Do you ever Wonder what it would be like to look so completely different from everyone else that it would be hard to fit in? Our first read aloud , Wonder by R.J. Palacio, centers around Auggie, a 10-year old child with a facial deformity. He has been schooled at home and is entering school for the first time in 5th grade.
The story will take us through Auggie’s perspective of what it’s like to be totally normal inside but look so strange on the outside that it’s hard to fit in. Already the book is prompting good discussions about who we are, how we fit in, how we look at others. How hard is it to accept someone who looks so different?
We are part of a growing group of schools around the world reading the book. We’ll connect with them on Twitter and through our blog.#thewonderofwonder
Here’s an interesting article about a real case of a child who is living with such a condition: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/hart/Hallman1.html
The book Wonder has also inspired a movement called “Choose Kind.” We’ll be following up the book with sessions with Ms. Kumamoto about bullying. http://choosekind.tumblr.com/
It’s a great book and we’re excited to keep reading!