by R. J. Palacio (2017). (Ages 3-8)
We’re All Wonders is a picture book by author-illustrator R.J. Palacio aimed at younger readers to influence them to join the movement to CHOOSE KIND. Readers are introduced to Auggie Pullman, a boy with an extraordinary face, and his dog, Daisy. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world when he feels like any other kid, but is not always seen that way. “I know I can’t change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe… people can change the way they see.” The book touches on topics of inclusion, sense of belonging, empathy, friendship and kindness.
We’re All Wonders is an influential resource aiming to reinforce the message to not judge others simply by how they look and will prompt reflection on how we treat others. The book is a must-read for parents and educators to share with younger students and to discuss differences, acceptance, bullying and sensitivity to other people’s feelings. Not only is the book engaging, but Palacio’s bright colours and graphics are attention grabbing and perfectly complement the message.
Auggie ultimately teaches readers about being resilient and to believe in themselves and leaves readers with an important message to “look with kindness and you will find wonder.” This is another rich and memorable book published by Alfred A. Knopf, which will be a great addition to one’s collection.