At school this week we have talked about kindness because some of our books help to us to understand the effects of kindness on others. Wonder by R.J. Palacio features a boy born with facial differences called August who goes to mainstream school for the first time when he is 10. The reactions from students are varied. This book is told from the points of view of August himself, his sister and some of the students at his school, and it can be sad at times, full of cruelty, but also full of charm, humour and kindness. Anybody from about year 5 upwards would like this book. It is in our library. Read it.
The author of Wonder talked to some students about what they felt being kind meant. Here is the link to those interviews:
We talked about this at school this week, and the great suggestions we heard were:
- playing with anyone who is by themselves
- putting your arm round someone who is hurt or crying
- giving someone a compliment
- talking nicely to people and smiling
- keeping unkind thoughts to yourself and not joining in with anyone who is saying unkind things
- being yourself and not joining in with nasty conversations to fit in
Roald Dahl also liked to portray the nice children and adults in his books as being very kind and didn’t hold back on his descriptions of unkind people. Remember Mrs Twit? We heard this week about how Mrs Twit used to be quite pretty when she was a girl but how having ugly thoughts every day and every week and every year she became uglier and uglier until she looks like this:
Roald Dahl books are funny and exciting and full of adventure. They also contain characters who can be really kind and really cruel too. We have all of them in the library. Come and try one or read one again, you can never be too old to read a Roald Dahl.