Hi Mums and Dads and Nans and Pops!
Our class novel this term is ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. It’s been an international best seller since it hit book shelves in 2012. It was read last year with the 5/6s and they absolutely loved it.
It’s back cover reads a like this:
‘My name is August.
I won’t describe what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse’
‘You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out’
It is a beautiful story (in my opinion!) about friendship, character, family, acceptance, facing your fears, accepting challenges, disability vs ability, a little about life and death and a lot about being yourself.
The book does deal with some sensitive issues, like peer pressure and disability. For some students, I’m sure these topics will be sensitive, however we deal with all of these issues with lots of open minded discussion and opportunities for students to share their thoughts, concerns, wonderings and questions.
Because of the content of Wonder, it promotes so many wonderful conversations. If you’d like to know some more about Wonder, you can visit the official website of the book HERE.
I’d love to know what you think about the book or about any discussions that you have had with your kids about the book so far.