Reviewed by Wendy
What it is: This book by R.J. Palacio was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s about Auggie Pullman, a boy with a facial deformity, and how he copes with making friends in fifth grade. There are other spin-off books, including “Auggie & Me” and “We’re All Wonders.”
Brain Benefits: sound blending, phonemic awareness, visual processing, attention, memory, comprehension
What I love: My kids (a boy and a girl) had to read this book at school, long before their grandfather took them to see the movie. They were both so thrilled to have a book that held their interest and were eager to read ahead. It’s a book full of emotional highs and lows, as you can imagine since it’s about a boy with a physical deformity and kids can be cruel. But there are also some great lessons in the book, including how to treat people, how to overcome adversity, standing up to bullies and self-esteem, among others. Although my kids loved the movie, I encourage you to have your child or tween to read the book first. There are actually a lot of reviews for adults, so this book is appropriate for any age. Just be forewarned that there are some tear-jerker parts that might be too much for very young children.
What I’d change: Nothing! It’s really perfect the way it is.