In these days that feel a lot less kind and a lot more abrasive than many of us would like, where good examples for our children to emulate might be a little harder to find, books such as “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio, offer a balm and a positive path for all of us to think about and discuss.
If you haven’t read the book (which just hit its fifth anniversary and has now sold 5 million copies) with your middle-grade kids, this might be a good time. The novel will have you rooting for Auggie Pullman, a boy with severe facial differences, and for the hard-earned friends who soon stop seeing him as different. They just see him as Auggie. If you’re like me, you’ll also read it and think: “OK, how can I make sure my kids grow up to be the good guys?”
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