This week I’m celebrating the Wonder-ful books of R.J. Palacio!
I wrote about Wonder again after watching the Bully documentary. From that post, “It just reinforces my belief that we all should be a little kinder- maybe a lot kinder- if you’re up for the challenge. Problems like [bullying] may seem insurmountable but if we can be a positive example to our circle of friends, then perhaps one of them will be a good role model to others in their own groups. And so on until our individual light of love and understanding drives out the darkness created by hate and indifference.”
There have been two new releases set in the world of Wonder- one is a short story from the antagonist’s point of view and the other is a collection of maxims.
Released individually as a separate story and included in the Special Edition, readers get to discover Julian’s side of the story. While not necessary, it was at least nice and interesting. It was also a good reminder that everyone is going through unknowable stuff so we shouldn’t be quick to classify them a certain way. A new character is introduced that tells a touching story of Julian’s namesake.
Already I know I’ll be recommending this as the perfect gift for the holidays for educators and any families with kids. This is a collection of precepts- famous and original sayings that will inspire and lift up one’s spirit. There’s also some Wonder back story thrown in from Mr. Browne’s perspective!
What are you celebrating this week?