Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wonder - Pages 248-274

There are certain things you need to take on a camping trip, and moms are the ones who help us remember to pack them and actually use them when camping. Auggie's mom is no different. Sunscreen and bug spray are two big ones. But having a rain poncho, especially with a hood, is very important for Auggie as well. Why?

Auggie is reading one of my favorite books of all time, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. In the part quoted on page 255, it tells how the White Witch knows the Deep Magic but that "there is a magic deeper still which she did not know." The White Witch is evil and knows Magic. What might this "deeper magic" be like? And why does author R. J. Palacio include that phrase here? Here's a picture of the original cover of the book.

The woods at the Broarwood Nature Reserve are not like the woods in Central Park. Auggie calls it "real woods." Central Park is an 843 acre public park in Manhattan in New York City. Here you can see what Central Park looks like in New York and part of the woods as well.

And even though they are camping in "real woods" there are still some modern games. Well, kind of modern, anyway. Auggie says they have Pac-Man and Missile Command classic arcade games.

Auggie says when the stadium lights go on in the field all at once, "I thought of that scene in Close Encounters when the alien ship lands and they're playing that music: duh-dah-doo-da-dunnn." Here is that scene from the movie.

The movie for the twenty-third annual Big Movie Night is The Sound of Music. A couple of the songs are mentioned including "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "My Favorite Things," and "The Lonely Goatherd." Here is a clip of one of the songs, "My Favorite Things."

More names for Auggie. This time it's Gollum and Alien and orc (again).



Finally, Auggie mentions an "emperor's guard." In Star Wars the Emperor's Royal Guard are the characters in red in this image, and their only job is to protect the emperor, also known as Darth Sidious. Although Auggie doesn't say exactly "Emperor's Royal Guard," does it make sense that he'd use a Star Wars reference? And considering the situation when Auggie uses the reference, why does this one seem especially important?

My son and I with our guards.

*All images linked to their source.

Continue to pages 275-293.


  1. The Close Encounters video and Lonley Goatherders video are no longer available. Can you replace them with something similar?
    P.S. This blog is FANTASTIC!!! It has really helped my students "picture" some of the ideas and concepts in the book. I love being able to bring this up as I read it to them. GREAT JOB!!


  2. I finally got around to it. Sorry for the delay. I've been surprised by the number of dead links already after only a couple months.

  3. I love this site

  4. I love this sight.

  5. can you put on a new vidio for alins

    1. I'm looking into it. Sorry. Links disappear faster than I can keep up with them sometimes.

  6. Thank you so much for this blog, it is my fourth year teaching Wonder as end of year novel, and this blog helps students picture cultural references, and leads to discussions, they can't wait until movie comes out in November!! Again, thank you so much for this site!!!
    Linda Dixon
    4th grade
    Colton, California

  7. page 266 reference to Freddie Krueger

    1. Yes, you're right. I chose not to include pictures that were already included in past sections. Freddy Krueger's picture is shown back on another page.

  8. p272 "Ground Control to Major Tom, your circuit's dead, there's something wrong" David Bowie

    1. Same with this one. I usually discuss what happens (or what we might believe happens) in Space Odyssey back when the song is introduced, so this reference is familiar to students when it comes up again. Thanks for pointing them out!


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