A Brief Synopsis…
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
Now for questions asked by Shelly…
1. I think teachers have an amazing role in a child’s life. They can make a huge influence on the outcome of a child. Mr Brown was one of Auggie’s teachers who made a big impact on his students. His use of precepts were a great way to instill thoughtfulness and reflection in his students.
Did any of the precepts stand out to you (p. 312)? What would your current precept be?
Out of those from the book, I would have to go with, “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. To me being kind is always the best choice for life.
One of my favorite quotes, which I often say to my kids is, “Nothing really worth having comes quickly and easily; If it did, I doubt that we would ever grow” by Eknath Easwaran. Life is a struggle, but those struggles are what makes us grow as individuals.
2. I really enjoyed how R.J Palacio included chapters from the other character’s views. The chapters helped to explain why they acted how they did towards Auggie. Which character’s chapter was your favorite and why?
It is hard to remember all of them, because I had to take the book back to the library…but I think that I would have to go with Auggie’s, because it showed what a remarkable child he was and would turn out to be. I actually loved them all except for Justin’s, the lack of capitalization just drove me nuts!
3. Which characters did you relate to? Take a look back. What type of middle-schooler were you? How are you now?
I think that I related the most to Summer Dawson, not so much for the pity part, but more for the kindness to others.
As a middle-schooler, I was more like her in many ways, because I tended to be friends with the outcast’s that most of the others would not give the time of day.
I think that I am still much the same, because I don’t base whether I like someone on what others think…if you are nice to me, then I will be nice back. I have dealt with bullies and rudeness and I know how much it hurts me, so I would feel awful if I ever made someone else sad.
Now for questions asked by Lisa…
1. Tell me, what was your favorite or least favorite part of the book?
Least favorite would for sure have to be when their pet died, it really made my heart break for Auggie. My favorite part was the whole thing, but especially when Auggie was being bullied at the park and the other kids in his class stood up for him as a real friend would.
2. Were you kind as a child? Now, as an adult?
I really do try to be kind to everyone, even if they don’t deserve that kindness, because some part of me wishes that it would rub off. Even as a child, I tried…though there were a few times that I wasn’t.
3. Were there any precepts that stood out to you, whether given by Mr. Browne or the kids?
These were my favorites…
“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Your deeds are your monuments.” —Inscription on ancient Egyptian tomb
“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” —Blaise Pascal
“What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.” —Sappho
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” —John Wesley
“Just follow the day and reach for the sun.” —The Polyphonic Spree
Now for my thoughts…
I have to say that I found this book to be quite wonderful! So much so, that I actually read it in one day! The characters and most importantly the message makes this a great book for all ages, though it was technically written for an 8 – 12 year old age group. Reading how the children grew from the beginning of the school year to the end of the year, was just amazing. The courage that Auggie exuded by taking on a new experience going to a public school, knowing what it would be like with the other students was heart warming. I definitely give this book a five star and recommend it as a read for anyone!
Have you had the opportunity to read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts! If not, do you think that it is one that might interest you?