Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wonder

What a great way to start my Mock Newbery reading for 2013!  As a bonus this book might also be a candidate for the Schneider Family Book Award.  I really liked this book. It was interesting how each part was told from a different character's point of view because you got to hear what different people thought about things. The way Auggie described the way people look at  him (trying not to stare, staring, looking away quickly, looking at you like you're a freak, etc.) was surprisingly accurate. People don't usually notice those looks unless they are on the receiving end or, like Via, close to someone who is. When thinking about the Schneider Family Book Award, I reread Auggie's Principal's letter where he says Auggie doesn't have a disability.  I think that is a good example of how this book challenges the way people define and think about kids (and people) who have disabilities and difference, and that kind of challenging thinking is GREAT!  I think anyone who reads this book will love it.

9 comments:

  1. I need to read this book.....A coworker and I talked about it today because it's at our Book Fair. You posted about it. And it is also the featured book at the Children's Book-A-Day Almanac. http://childrensbookalmanac.com/2012/04/wonder/ I think it must be a sign!

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  2. Love your new picture and love you too! Grandma Hardin

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  3. I bought this book a few weeks ago. Everyone seems to love it. Can't wait to get started. BTW I love your new picture too.

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  4. I too love the new picture! It is fantastic to have a different view. I think your review of Wonder is right on target. I love books that challenge the way we look at the world. This one definitely is thought provoking.

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  5. Laura! I am SO GLAD you are back amongst the bloggers! I'm in the midst of Wonder right now... and I just finished The One and Only Ivan, which you'll have to check out. Yeah for you, I'm so excited! p.s. Changes to the blog look great! Sam B. from Cincinnati

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  6. I think WONDER has the Schneider all wrapped up.

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  7. Loved this book and immediately came here to see what you thought of it!

    Love you - PatPat

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