August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
Can you make a prediction?
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Things we talked about/discussed:
- The character might look different to all the other children - he only has one eye!
- He might stand out because he is different.
- Character might 'wonder' things e.g. Why am i different? Why don't people like me?
- He could be self conscious.
- We talked about blending in meaning you were the same as everyone else, you don't stand out.
- He could have been born that way, which means it wasn't his choice to stand out.
- We understood 'don't judge a boy by his face' - it means that what is on the inside is more important than what is on the outside. Just because he looks different doesn't mean he isn't a good person. On the inside he might be just the same as everyone else.
- We think he won't describe what he looks like because he is not attractive in anyway, he might not have the words to describe himself or he could be deformed.
- After looking at the pictures we thought maybe his whole family looks like him.
- We decided his 'deformity' was limited to his face.
- After watching the book trailer we noticed that he was starting school and kids were looking at him with disgusted faces, he might be about to get bullied and not treated like the other kids. We also thought he might make some good friends and be able to persuade everyone at school that he's really the same as them.
- We heard from the author and she explained where she got the idea from - a little girl at an ice-cream shop. We talked about what it means to walk in someone's else's shoes.
- We want to see his face!