Mr. Richards‘ Summer Reading Blog
The following is a reflection on the Book Wonder as written by Mr. Richards.
To all my aspiring 5th and 6th graders, I hope your summer vacation is off to a great start. I have been doing some reading since you have left and I believe I have found a book you might wish to consider reading during your summer vacation! During the past few summers some of my students have joined me as I read a good book during my summer vacation. You may have read some of these books as well: The Graveyard Book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Chasing Vermeer, and The Calder Games This summer I will be reading WONDER by R. J. Palocio and I was hoping you might like to join me. I was thinking it might be fun to have some of my rising 5th and 6th graders join me as I start my reading adventure. I’m off on my 500 mile bike ride next week so I will not start reading until I get to the beach on July 30th.
Once I get reading I will send my thoughts and reflections out to all my fellow 5th and 6th grade readers via Alert Now. I take my time when I read so I expect to take at least a week to complete the book. It would be great if you would like to get your own copy and we can read them together. You can share your thoughts with me about the book via email by using an account I have set up on Google just for this purpose ONLY (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not use my school email address for this blog!
This is my summer reading so nothing here is mandatory, it’s all optional, just an idea for some fun reading!!! (MOMS AND DADS I REALLY MEAN IT, THIS IS PURELY VOLUNTARY – NO TEST-NO QUIZ - NO GRADES – NO ASSIGNMENTS ; FOR PLEASURE ONLY) I hope everyone is having a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.
WONDER Book Review: Wonder is a rare gem of a novel. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial abnormalities. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience--something we learn about first-hand through the stories of those who live in his world. August’s interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
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