Day 18: Read the book ‘Wonder’

You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes words can’t bring you down

Normally I’m not one for schmaltzy sentimental songs, but this empowering Christina Aguilera tune is quoted in the book ‘Wonder’ and really sets a strong tone for the story.

81zdSFzJh+LMy sister lent me ‘Wonder’ and I must say I did judge the book by it’s cover – the faceless outline (except for one eye) caught my attention and had me intrigued as to why the face was incomplete.

What was quickly apparent was that this book had heart.  The main character August Pullman has a facial disfigurement and the book chronicles his challenging transition into a new school.  Naturally he receives stares and looks of disgust and shock.  How painfully true is this experience for any young person who feels different.

As a rite of passage, the book shows how August wins over people with his intellect, humour, and kind heart.  But at the same time, he still goes through moments of over-sensitivity and hurt in dealing with tricky situations with his peers.  August IS the epitome of resilience.

I was totally drawn into August’s world, wonderfully assisted by author RJ. Palacio’s ability to tell the story in a simple yet refreshingly honest way.  At some point we can all recall a time when we felt misunderstood or unfairly looked upon.  Through the support of others (and when we build our self-belief) we learn to accept ourselves and acknowledge our unique characteristics and traits.

The book is perfectly written for young people to learn and reflect on the importance of tolerance and kindness.  Those very same messages are perfectly written for adults too.

This new classic is a must-read.

#xmascountdown2017  From 1-24 December I will blog daily suggestions with tips and advice on awesome things to do, see or experience during the festive season.  The summer also represents a perfect opportunity on mental and physical wellbeing; a time to re-charge, re-energise and to re-focus.  You’re welcome.

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