Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wonder - Palacio

R. J. Palacio's Wonder, August Pullman, was born...different. With an extra large forehead, eyes that are lower than normal, a mouth that always hangs open and ears that are underdeveloped and cauliflower-shaped, he draws attention wherever he goes.

But August Pullman is not so different. He is just a boy, trying to make friends, trying to figure out his place in the world.

After a life of homeschooling, his parents decide that August, who is exceptionally bright, funny and engaging, would benefit from going to public school and interacting with other children his age.  As with all children starting school, August makes some friends and some enemies.  He learns some hard lessons. But it turns out that the wonder of August is that he is a even greater teacher than student.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; 
it’s about learning to dance in the rain. ~Unknown

An enjoyable read and great children's book. Appropriate for many, though some may find it juvenile.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.