365 Days of Wonder – R. J. Palacio

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ISBN: 9780552572712

Published: 03/11/2014

Imprint: Corgi Childrens

Extent: 432 pages

RRP: $19.99

For the many fans of Wonder – my ‘tiramisu’ book! – comes this delightful companion volume. You will no doubt remember Mr Browne’s technique of using precepts with his classes and in the introduction to the book ‘Mr Browne’ explains his reasons behind this approach.

Divided into months, each ‘chapter’ has some words of wisdom, anecdotes, stories or email exchanges from Mr Browne and then a precept or quote for each day of the month.

I have only read about half of the book – why you might ask? Because I want to savour the surprise of each new day next year, when I intend to have this book on my desk and invite students and teachers to share in the joy.

It includes thoughts from authors and other personalities including John Lennon, Roald Dahl, Popeye, Anne Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Martin Luther King Jr and many many others. The Popeye one is a quote I have used time and time again on personal profiles etc – ‘I y’am what I y’am’ – which delighted me!

This will be a book to treasure and keep for many – and will be enjoyed by not only those who love ‘Wonder’ but those who are as yet unfamiliar with that amazing novel.

Forget the ‘chicken soup’ stuff  – this one is truly inspirational for both young readers and adults alike.

We carry within us the wonders we seek around us

Sir Thomas Browne

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