Wonder—the book and related movie—is a story about kindness and a story of hope.
Mrs. Bachman’s 4-6 grade reading students have just started reading the book about Auggie Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with a severe facial deformity. Due to the large number of surgeries he had to undergo, Auggie was homeschooled through 4th grade. But as the book begins, it has been 8 months since his last surgery and, since he is not as medically fragile as he once was, Auggie is eager to attend school and be a “normal” kid.
Unfortunately, most of Auggie’s new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Students, parents and others struggle with how to react to someone who looks different. But there are also those who show kindness and friendship, ultimately creating a feeling of hope for a world in which all individuals who are different—whether their difference is physical or not—are simply seen as “different, not less.”
For Mrs. Bachman’s students, the story offers ideas for how to be kind to classmates, teachers, and others. It can be as simple as saying “hello” to someone, listening without distraction, or giving someone a compliment.
Take the time to learn more at this website about the book, the movie, and the campaign encouraging all of us to “Choose Kind.”