"'If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.'"
I love to read and am always on the lookout for new books to read. I had seen this one awhile ago but decided not to read it at the time because I have so many books I want to read. My twins' school is reading this collectively and I wanted to read it along with them so I decided to purchase my own copy so I would know what they were talking about and could help explain the book. I ended up reading ahead and just finished it. It was so good and I wish I had read it sooner, it was that good!
August Pullman is truly an ordinary kid in every way you would think of a ten-year-old boy, except for one thing. He was born with a deformed face and, despite many surgeries, he doesn't quite look "normal." His mom has homeschooled him so that he doesn't have to be out in the world. Now it's time for Auggie to enter fifth grade and his mom is really pushing for him to go to public school. Middle school is hard enough for any kid and Auggie and all of the students, faculty, and staff at Beecher Prep will learn about the power of kindness and how it can really affect us.
I started reading this book at the same time that I'm also reading it out loud to my five-year-old twins and I couldn't resist reading ahead! The story is engaging, descriptive, emotional at times, and truly heartwarming. I teared up at several parts, both happy and sad. Wonder is told from several characters' viewpoints so it's great to get a broader view of what's going on during the story than just from one character.
I would give this book ten stars if I could! I really felt like I was right there with the rest of the kids at Beecher Prep since the writing was so good and engaging. I feel kids and adults of all ages would love to read this book because it is a good reminder that it is important to always be kind to everyone. You just never know how much that kindness will mean to another person!