Book Chat: Wonder by RJ Palacio

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Wonder by RJ Palacio

Title: Wonder
Author: RJ Palacio
Hardback, 313
Published February 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Book
Rating: 4/5

Juvenile fiction is not what I tend to read, but I heard such great things about RJ Palacio‘s Wonder, I thought I should read it.  Wonder is a heart warming, heart wrenching, laugh out loud, and maybe even do a little crying book.  It’s a book that every parent should read and discuss with their child.  It teaches kindness, compassion, understanding, and acceptance.  It also shows kids being bullied by others and how they handle it.

Wonder is unique in that RJ Palacio tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman Continue reading

Quote of the Day — Happiness

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
(And speak from the heart to be heard.)”

~~ William W. Purkey

William W. Purkey is an author and professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the founder of Invitational Education and co-founder of the International Alliance of Invitational Education (IAIE), which “is dedicated to democratic principles, its mission is to enhance life-long learning, promote positive change in organizations, cultivate the personal and professional growth and satisfaction of educators and allied professionals, and enrich the lives of human beings personally and professionally.”

Quoted from International Alliance of Invitation Education website.

Just 10 of My Favorite Books

This list will definitely grow over the coming months as I read new books and rediscover old ones.  I suspect there will be a new-found respect or perhaps even love for the rediscovered books or perhaps not or maybe I’ll ask myself what in the world did I find so great about this.

So, here’s my list thus far.   Continue reading

Quote of the Day — Television is educating

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
~~ Groucho Marx

I don’t know why, but when I saw this quote I immediately thought about the movie Mathilda based off the children’s book by Ronald Dahl, when Danny DeVitto’s character says to her after she asks for a book:

“What do you want a book for? Why would you want to read? When you have the television set right in front of you. There’s nothing you can get from a book that you can’t get from the TV faster.”

This a great movie!

Hmmm, I think I’m going to have to add Matilda to my rediscover list.