Friday, November 17, 2017

WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J. Palacio / Book Review #ChooseKind

Written & Illustrated By: R.J. Palacio
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf
Released on: March 28th, 2017
Ages: 4 & up
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Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved The Message
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

The unforgettable bestseller Wonder has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

Over 5 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.

Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

Based on the popular story, WONDER, this new picture book from author R.J. Palacio, shares a similar, yet wonderful reminder that kids will comprehend. That is, we all look different on the outside, but we're all same on the inside. Just because someone looks different, doesn't mean it's okay to be mean to them or make fun of them. The world is big enough for each of us. We need to change how we look at people, and stop seeing people by their outward appearance, but see them as another human being. 

Both the storytelling and the illustrations tell a powerful story about how wonderful we all are. No one likes to be made fun of, or have others treat them unkindly. All it takes is one person choosing to be kind, for kindness to spread. I really enjoyed the illustrations, and loved that they featured Auggie, the boy from the original Wonder story. The illustrations do a great job at painting a picture of kindness and empathy towards others, and show kids how our actions effect others. 

This is a wonderful story! Great for both fans of the book WONDER, and also a great introduction to those new to the story. I highly recommend being up this book as well as Palacio's WONDER. Be sure to catch the movie this weekend in theaters. Remember, CHOOSE KIND!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~