Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Read it Wednesday!

"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."

How can that not pull you in and not let you go? How can it not break your heart into a million pieces? 

Would it make a difference if I told you that this book, which starts out with such a sad statement, is filled with beauty and hope and love that's for real? 

It's Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

I read this early last fall, and loved it so much I ordered 5 hard bound copies for my classroom. I was so going to read it with a small group. But I loved it so much I couldn't bear not sharing it with my whole class! So I skipped the small group and decided to do it as a read aloud. But...I couldn't let go of thinking about the small group and ended up not reading it at all!! What a goof. My copies are sitting next to my desk all ready for this September (even though everything else is in piles around the floor). I am promising myself, and you, that I'll read it this year. 

Wonder is about a boy named August Pullman. He's different. Really, really, beautifully heart-breakingly different. But inside he is so the same as every other fifth grader I know. Except maybe a little kinder. When he decides to finally go to school the complex life of feelings of everyone around him is revealed. 

What I like most about this book is that it's like someone finally mentioned the elephant in the room. I looked in the mirror as I read about how cruel the world is with "not-looking" for the sake of being polite. I learned quite a bit about looking, not-looking, ignoring and staring from Auggie. 

Check it out.

While you're at it, please add your own Read it Wednesday link!! I can't wait to read what you are reading this summer!

Next week: The Missing!!


  1. I never received the owl graphics from your FB flash giveaway. I sent you an email but maybe it went to your spam folder so I thought I would write you here.

    1. I'm sending them now. Please let me know tomorrow if you didn't get them. Sorry you didn't get them yet!!

      Thank you so much for joining in the giveaway fun!

  2. I love this book as well. So many great discussion possibilities. I think it will be my first large-group read aloud.


    Fluent in Fourth

    1. I agree! I think all fourth and up graders have a bit of Auggie inside of them. Don't you think that they can all relate on some level?

      Have you read Rules by Cynthia Lord?