Shimek Elementary School, Iowa City
Dear R.J. Palacio,
My favorite book I've read this year is your book Wonder. I've
read it almost twice now.
This book has taught me about three important lessons. First of all, your book has made me realize that someone who has special
needs is the same as you and me underneath and should be treated the same as you and me.
Before I read your book I wasn't at all mean to kids with special
needs. It's just I wouldn't go out of my way to stand up for them if they were being picked on by other kids. Now after reading
your book I feel terrible about not doing anything
when I had the choice. I realize now August is more
than who he thinks he is. He is brave, loyal, kind and generous,
anything you could ask for in a friend. I would be proud to have a friend like
August, but I'm not sure if August
would be proud to have a friend like me.
I remember one time a kid at my school was getting picked on by some other kids who were making fun of his voice, and all I did was watch. I know after reading Wonder what a terrible choice I made. I now wish I would have had the courage to
I now understand what Mr. Tushman
meant when he said the world would be better if we were just a little more than kind.
I think if everybody
in the world were more than kind there would be no wars and there might finally
be peace. You shouldn't just wonder what
it is to be kind. You do it. I don't get why it has to be so hard for people.
Some people might say life isn't fair. If you look at it from Justin's point of view, though, life is fair because the universe
evens it out for us. "It takes care of all its birds." For example, some people feel sorry for August and think he has a terrible
life, but the truth is, he has a great family and real friends
who like him for him.
There will still be people who say life isn't fair, but after reading
Wonder, I now know the truth. The power of courage, kindness, and the universe
is a wonder.