I checked out this book because I was excited to teach my class about congenital anomaly and bodily difference. I am incredibly disappointed with how poorly the author handles the subject.
The text on the back reads "I know I can't change the way I look. BUT maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see."
1) A book that is truly about embracing bodily difference would not have a main character interested in changing their appearance. They would love themselves for being themselves.
2) It is not the job or duty of disabled people or people with extraordinary bodies to TEACH nondisableds how to see. It is not our job to help nondisableds feel good about themselves. We exist in our own right. We are not a "teachable moment", we are living, breathing people.
There are so many shortcomings to this book, and subtle but harmful messages. This is a terrible introduction to disability. I do not recommend this book to anyone.
The beautiful, eternal theme of choosing kind is highlighted in Palacio's companion piece to 'Wonder'. Younger readers can meet Auggie and celebrate the uniqueness in everyone. When we are kind to one another, we can see that we are indeed all wonders, and that is truly magical.
I love a well-written story, fun/colorful/thoughtful illustrations, matched with an iconic character. It's no wonder this one has topped the charts for the bestsellers. And most importantly, it has a simple to understand yet powerful message. Highly recommend for all! Even those that haven't read the book.
every person should read this book! uplifting!!! My favorite line was: "I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe...people can change the way they see. If they do, they'll see that I'm a wonder. And they'll see that they're wonders too!"
Love this one for storytime and for elementary school age kids :D
Excellent! A Wonder of a Book for all ages! A great picture book to accompany the fabulous chapter book for older students, Grade 5 & older.
This is a picture book adaptation of "Wonder" by the same author, R.J. Palacio. Children will recognize themselves, and others who seem different, in the character. We are all Wonders, and that's a good thing.
This book is a great introduction to being kind and understanding that differences are necessary and beautiful. Change the way you see!
Excellent new book for young readers reinforcing kindness and acceptance.
placing this hold for my younger sibs.
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