If you’re looking for a good holiday gift, I recommend this book called Wonder by R. J. Palacio. I love this book so much that I read it twice in fourth grade and once this year, plus our teacher read it to the class.
Wonder has been out for a long time, but since there’s been a movie made about it, the new version includes exclusive bonus content about the making of the movie. (I have seen the movie twice, but like the book better.)
It is about a boy named August who is born with a craniofacial abnormality. This means being rushed out of the hospital bed before you can lay eyes on your mom and having multiple surgeries to try to make you look “normal.” Having this deformity also means being stared at on the playground and being whispered about when people think you can’t hear them.
Like me, August is in fifth grade. Maybe that’s why this is the book my teacher read to us this semester. He probably thought we could relate to the characters. This book shows the challenges you go through when you’re different, especially how hard it is to make friends. The book also helps students understand why it is important to CHOOSE KIND all the time.
I loved that this book was all about kindness and empathy. Kids like August’s friend Summer knew how hard it was for him to go through all those surgeries, and everyone looking at his face, so she became friends with him. I also really liked this book because it was on a topic that I haven’t broadly approached: deformity. I think one of the reason Wonder is such a popular book is because it’s about something not many people know about.
This is a tough read for younger kids, so readers ages 10 and older would enjoy this book.
I give this book 4 out of 4 roses!