What a great book to highlight the differences in people and how we should embrace them. Great read-a-loud for that transition to middle school.
The title of the book is brilliant. Just to set the tone of time period I read and listened to this story, my 5th grade twins were also doing the same during the day. So, it was quite poignant when one came home and said that he just did not understand how cruel some people could act towards others because of the way Auggie, the young protagonist looked. My older twin chimed in saying that it wasn't just the other kids either, some of the adults whispered too. I had a good time discussing the story with them. Another way the writer kept it interesting, the story changes characters every couple chapters which really helps one to step into the minds of not just Auggie, but his friends, family, and Julian. For reasons many wonder about, the more Auggie starts to find a place for himself, Julian becomes more antagonistic. It is a beautiful story for older children; however, teenagers and adults can enjoy the triumphs, sorrows, and joy this story offers to bring into your life. I was lucky to find a very new -at the time-add on about Julian. Well worth listening or reading. The performance was good, overall a terrific find. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good book.
This is an excellent story for middle schoolers. It offers many opportunities for discussions about kindness, empathy, bullying, family values, and many more character traits. "Wonder" is also, well written and entertaining. The performers did a great job of drawing me into the story and the characters. I wasn't sure about August's voice at first, however, by the end of the first few pages, I felt this was truly his voice.
My family listened to this book after my 5th grade son declared it his favorite book & insisted we had to read it. I'm so glad he did. I have regularly reminded my kids that the most important attribute is kindness. This book show the power of kindness & that sometimes kindness takes courage.
I am 74 and, despite health problems, am an active participant in life. I play the flute, draw in pastels, crochet, and write.
Yes. I enjoyed every aspect of it and did listen to many parts over again
To Catch a Mockingbird. Because it is told by a child who sees life through unblemished eyes.
I loved the inuendos of the voices. I especially liked Auggie's soft voice. It portrayed his sensitive soul.
It was a book I was reluctant to stop listening to
I applaud the author on his fine tuned understanding of people. He had a unique, straight forward way of presenting them. I loved the father who could always laugh with his son.
Great book! Both young and old will enjoy this book! And an extra bonus because it has a great morale to the story as well!
The only negative for me was the voice that the performer used. Although it was a good performance, Augie's voice was pretty annoying! I did get pretty used to it but the annoyance was still there biting throughout. My husband commented on it the couple of times he heard it in passing. I would LOVE for my entire family to listen to it too but I honestly don't think they would, just because of the "baby voice" of Auggie!