We Are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio; illustrated by R.J. Palacio. 2017. iPencil in Procreate for the iPad with a combination of painting (with the stylus) and Photoshop. Published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Brief summary: Auggie acts and does ordinary things that boys do but does not look like an ordinary boy. Auggie does get made fun of the way he looks which hurt his feelings. He uses his imagination and goes to pretend places with his dog Daisy. He knows that he cannot change the way he looks but hopes that people will change the way they look at him.
Comments: Based on the main character in the chapter book titled Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I plan to read this at the beginning of the school year to share how we are all different.
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Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Josee Masse. 2017. Mixed media. Published by WordSong.
Brief summary: This collection of short poems about various things are all about what can be found underground or live in the ground. A boy and girl move through the book exploring the poetry’s topic. Some of these things are man-made or are in Nature. Examples are animal homes, magma, caves, ancient cities, fossils, and many more interesting subjects. Past and present are discussed.
Comments: Full paged illustrations with rhyming words. Notes are in the back on the topic of each poem. Students will want to learn more about the poem’s topic. I can see this being paired with nonfiction books or even research on the internet. I think this book will expose students to things under the ground they may not be aware of in everyday life. I consider this a book of wonder that could develop curiosity in students to seek more information.
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