Synopsis – Auggie Pullman just wants to be an ordinary 10 year old. Auggie was born with a facial abnormality and has been home-schooled, but now he’s going to school. He desperately wants to be accepted, and show his classmates that really, he is just like them.
My thoughts – I loved this book! It is one of my favourite children’s books, and if I ever teach a year 5 or 6 class, I will definitely be using this book! The book hooks you from the first paragraph, you immediately want to know more. I like how the book told the story through different perspectives, showing that everyone has their own challenges that they are facing. You feel sorry for Auggie throughout the book, as he is facing a lot of challenges, and you hope that it will work out for him. The book teaches you to not judge someone based on their looks, before you get to know them.
Maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end, the universe takes care of all its birds.
Classroom ideas – This book would be good to show the effects of bullying, you could bring in guests to speak about bullying and what to do if your being bullied or if you know someone who is being bullied. You could do a hot seating activity where one child is August and the children could ask him questions. You could ask the children to write something a bully might say to August and then scrunch it up to see if the damage can be repaired. You could look at the precepts and ask the children to discuss what one of the precepts means to them, or they could write about it. The class could write a diary entry for one of the main characters in the book. They could create a character word cloud and draw themselves or a character in the style of the front cover and fill it with words to describe their personality. The children could write letters to the characters or write letters from the characters, either as themselves, or as another character from the book.
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they do much.