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365 Days of Wonder by R.J. Palacio

September 12, 2014

365 wonder365 Days of Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Pub. Random House, 2014.

This is the last word on that wonderful story of August the 12 year old boy with the severe facial disfigurement and told in Wonder.

Thomas Browne was August’s 5th grade teacher who witnessed all the upheavel that the bullying of August caused. Browne describes 5th grade as the year kids learn the power of being mean. A power some kids never lose, but most do.

One of Mr Browne’s teaching tools was to put a precept up on the board that was discussed and written about by his pupils. He also kept communications open for pupils to send him precepts that they liked. This book is a book of precepts. All of them are thought provoking and it is good to have them in one easy to read book.

Here are some that I like.  “I yam what I yam” Popeye the sailor.   “Everything you can imagine is real”  Pablo Picasso.  “To thine ownself  be true”  William Shakespeare.   “If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change”   Taylor Swift and  “it costs nothing to be nice”  Harry Styles.

But the book is more than that. It is structured in months with a quote for each day and between is a story about them. It also gives the answer to a question that was never resolved in Wonder. Who told principal Tushman that Julian was writing mean notes to August? Well if you read this book you will find out.

Inspirational. For all class levels.

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