Posted tagged ‘Acceptance’

It’s a Wonder!

September 21, 2017

 

Wonders

We’re All Wonders is a picture book written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio. It’s based on her award-winning novel, Wonder. As in her novel, the main character, Auggie, has a physical disability. On the first page, readers meet Auggie and his dog, Daisy. We find out immediately that Auggie is different. Even though he does things like every other kid, he is not ordinary. His mom calls him “unique” and “a wonder.” Because Auggie’s face doesn’t look like everyone else’s face, people stare and say things, which makes Auggie feel bad. When this happens, Auggie puts on his helmet, and with his dog, Daisy, the two blast off into their own world. They hope for better things because as Auggie says, “We’re all wonders!” R.J. Palacio tells the story with spare text that easily elicits an emotional response from readers. Her colorful illustrations invite readers to keep turning pages as they become part of Auggie’s story. I recommend this book for its themes of acceptance, kindness, and hope.

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I Read Banned Books!

September 26, 2013

Authors write from their hearts and souls. They have a passion to create a work that will have an emotional impact upon readers.

There are books – powerful books – whose contents have made readers uncomfortable and have infuriated others to the point of having those books banned from schools and libraries.

Our goal as educators, librarians, and parents is to provide our children with a well-rounded education. For a tolerant society, it is necessary to be knowledgeable of different cultures, ideas, and lifestyles. Books are important tools to help educate, inform, and inspire our children. When questionable ideas, language, or content appear in books, so do teachable moments. Guided discussions can provide understanding and open minds to accept new ideas and act in a positive manner. Through understanding and acceptance, our children will be able to make intelligent decisions that will affect their lives and build a better world.

Feed your mind. Read!


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