Wonder Quotes

  • “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • “Your deeds are your monuments.” —Inscription on ancient Egyptian tomb
  • “Have no friends not equal to yourself.” —Confucius
  • “Fortune favors the bold.” —Virgil
  • “No man is an island, entire of itself.” —John Donne
  • “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” —James Thurber
  • “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” —Blaise Pascal
  • “What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.” —Sappho
  • “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” —John Wesley
  • “Just follow the day and reach for the sun.” —The Polyphonic Spree
  • “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world.” —Auggie Pullman
  • “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” —Mr. Tushman
  • “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.” —Auggie Pullman
  • “Sometimes you don’t have to mean to hurt someone to hurt someone.” —Wonder
  • “Don’t try too hard to be cool. It always shows, and that’s uncool.” —Amos Conti
  • “Learning who you are is what you’re here to do.” —Mr. Browne
  • “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” —Charlotte
  • “We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.” —Mr. Tushman
  • “What’s cool about really little kids is that they don’t say stuff to try to hurt your feelings. . . Big kids, though: they know what they’re saying.” —Auggie
  • “Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than necessary.” —J. M. Barrie
  • “Don’t judge a book boy by its cover his face.” —Wonder

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“Wonder” by Raquel Jaramillo

Our next book is Wonder by Raquel Jaramillo.  To start our discussion, let’s learn about a real life example of someone who was treated differently and used as a cruel Internet meme because of the way she looked and used these experiences to empower herself and others.

People Magazine Article:  http://people.com/bodies/lizzie-velasquez-body-shaming-meme/

TED Talk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c62Aqdlzvqk

My goal in reading Wonder and learning about Lizzie Velasquez’s story, is to reflect on what defines YOU and that you think twice about how we interact with others, in person and online.


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Beastly & More Versions of La Belle et la Bete

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s snow day & weekend!  While snowed in, I reread some more of Beastly, read Andrew Lang’s version in the Blue Fairy Book (Remember… That was a translation of the older, novella-sized “modern” tale) and previewed the 1946 French film (subtitled, of course) La Belle et la Bete.  Such different imaginings of an ancient tale!

How are you doing with Beastly?  Have you figured out who all the fairy tale characters are in the chat rooms (Mr. Anderson, BeastNYC, SilentMaid, Froggie, Grizzlyguy)?  Do you think the behaviors shown in the first two parts illustrates some rather “beastly” characters?

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Yes, we have Book Club on 12/23

I know it’s almost holiday recess, but we’re still meeting at 8:05am!  See you for one of the oldest modern retellings of Beauty and the Beast translated from Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s French classic first published 1756.

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Beauty and the Beast

I am so excited to be reading folklore with you!  From Stone Soup back in Kindergarten, you know how much I love traditional tales and I hope you’ll find them equally intriguing.  Let’s dive in…

Origins:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35358487

And since we’re starting Ancient Greece soon, this morning we’ll start with one of the earliest recorded Beauty-and-the-Beast-type stories, Cupid and Psyche.

Suggested Reading Timeline for Beastly by Alex Flinn

1/6: Part I

1/13: Part 2

1/20: Part 3

1/27: Part 4

2/3: Part 5

2/10: Part 6 (TBD: Beastly Movie After School???)

2/17: Wrap up discussion & What’s Next

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Reminder: Book Club Breakfast & New Book!

The bagels have been ordered so join us for breakfast to wrap up Miss Peregrine on Friday, 12/9!  Our chat will be based on our Book Discussion Guidelines.

For our next book, we voted to see Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast in theaters.  During book club, we’ll be reading different versions of this old tale.  For home, please locate a copy of the modern retelling, Beastly by Alex Flinn.  You can order a copy for free by calling your local library or online at http://encore.suffolk.lib.ny.us/iii/encore/search/C__Sbeastly%20alex%20flinn__Ff%3Afacetmediatype%3Aa%3Aa%3ABOOK%3A%3A__Orightresult__U__X0?lang=eng&suite=cobalt.

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Location, Location, Location and More Photos

Thanks for all the artist photos!  Keep applying those rules!  Today’s is “leading lines.”

If you’re keeping up with the Suggested Timeline, you’ll have read chapters 3 & 4.  What jumped out at me in these chapters is the distinct location in Wales, which is an ecosystem very unlike our own.  While author Ransom Riggs invented Cairnholm Man, it is based on historical finds.  I don’t know about you, but it reminded me of Otzi!  To learn more about peat bogs and bog mummies, check out this PBS link… http://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/arct14.sci.nvbogtime/natures-time-capsules/

Based on our Book Discussion Guidelines, why do you the author chose this isolated island in Wales as the location?  Does it help us uncover any themes?


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