Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence

Choose Kind

One thing I’m trying really hard to teach my kids is to be kind to everyone. No matter what. Being a kid can be hard. Kids can be mean. I want to put my kids in a bubble to protect them from bullies. We have had lots of talks of what it means to be a bully. What to do if they are being bullied. And what to do if they see someone being bullied. When my kids come home telling me stories of what they did to help someone at school it makes my momma heart so happy. We need more kindness in the world and I hope that my kids will always choose kind. I just read the book, Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. I am not sure I can express here how much I loved it. It was such a heart wrenching story for my momma heart.

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. 

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.” 

One of my favorite things the author did was telling the story through many different characters perspectives. I loved getting to find out first hand what each of their reactions to meeting Auggie were, and how they dealt with it. I fell in love with sweet Auggie, ached along with his parents at sending him to school, sympathized with his sister for wanting to keep her life and school separate, and agreed with Summer and Jake that Auggie is a pretty cool and funny guy who makes a great friend. I can not wait to read this book with my girls. If you haven’t read this book, go read it! –M.V.

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