From R. J. Palacio, the author of Wonder, comes a short picture book version that embraces the essence of the original story, exploring being different and bullying.
Despite doing all the things ordinary kids do, Auggie is not the same as them. Auggie’s mum knows that he is a wonder but not everyone sees him that way. All they can see is how he looks different to them. Auggie cannot change the way he looks but perhaps he can change the way that other people see things…
Like the original novel ‘Wonder’, the message in the story is embracing who you are and being proud of it. Anyone who has felt like other children are saying things about them or picking on them because they are different in some way will relate to Auggie’s story. All Auggie wants is to fit in and be accepted by his peers but it’s not that easy for him due to a facial abnormality. Auggie finds comfort in his loving mother and his dog Daisy and when others hurt his feelings he dons his helmet and ‘escapes’ across the galaxy to have some time with some special friends who don’t make fun of him. It is while Auggie is away from Earth that he teaches the reader a very valuable lesson, “The Earth is big enough for all kinds of people.” This is something that we all need to remember and is a brilliant message for children.
Hopefully Auggie’s story will help children to understand that it’s what is on the inside that counts. A great book for introducing the ideas of empathy, kindness and about treating everyone equally regardless of appearance.
Recommended for 5+.