Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wonder - Pages 81-117

Via says, "August is the Sun. Me and Mom and Dad are planets orbiting the sun. The rest of our family and friends are asteroids and comets floating around the planets orbiting the sun." What does she mean? Why is Auggie the one in the middle? Why is everyone else moving around him?

In the last section, Auggie said he sometimes hears people call him E. T. Now Via confirms it. She says that she and her friends used to dress Auggie up in feather boas and big hats and a Hannah Montana wig. There's a scene in the movie where E. T. gets dressed up by a little girl, and Via says Auggie is a dead ringer for E. T. in that scene.




Out of the three friends - Via, Ella, and Miranda - Miranda was always the sweetest to Auggie. She included him in the things they were doing or she would talk to him about stuff he liked, things like Bone or Avatar or Star Wars. We'll skip the Star Wars image, but here is an image of Bone and Avatar.


I Googled crafts stores in Soho, a neighborhood in Manhattan, where Auggie picked out the beads for his Padawan braid. I've never been there before [update: I was there in August, 2015, but alas, did not go to any crafts stores.), but from what I could find, this might be a good example of what the store and the neighborhood are like. (And if anyone who has visited or lives in Manhattan and can give me a better example, that would be great.)

Via is reading War and Peace, a classic novel written by Leo Tolstoy in 1869. To some people, it is best known for its size. According to Wikipedia, it is the seventeenth longest novel ever written. (And I am assigning it to all fifth and sixth graders over spring break.)

And lucky for you, it's available online: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

When Via says she wants to take the subway home, her mom asks if she even has a MetroCard. A MetroCard looks like a credit card but it is used to pay tolls on the subway in New York City. Passengers run their MetroCard through a card reader to make a payment.

Via tells how she looked at all kinds of pictures of here relatives from both sides of her family to see if anyone, anywhere ever looked anything like Auggie. She says her Dad's side of the family comes from Russia and Poland and her Mom's side of the family is from Brazil. 

Doctors say August has a "previously unknown type of mandibulofacial dysostosis caused by an autosomal recessive mutation in the TCOF1 gene, which is located on chromosome 5, complicated by a hemifacial microsomia characteristic of OAV spectum." That is waaaay too complicated for me. However, Via explains that Punnett Squares are used by doctors to show the chances that a child will have a certain characteristic. This is much easier to show. Here's a simple example.

And finally, on Halloween Via and her mom were going to sit down and watch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir together, one of their all-time favorite black-and-white movies. Does this look like one of the greatest black-and-white movies of all time? Here's the trailer, you decide:

*All images linked to their source.

Continue to Part Three: Summer


  1. Awesome resource! Thank you so much!

  2. It seems some of your research is being removed :(

  3. Thanks for letting me know. I'll fix what needs fixing.

  4. This would've been great if you included the last part of Part Two: Via

  5. I need to know what is the metaphor about why is Aggie in the middle?

    1. Via pretty much explains it in the quote at the top of the page, doesn't she? Auggie is the sun. Everyone else are the planets and things going around the sun. What is the center? What causes everything or everyone else's movements?

  6. why is this metaphor so effective?

    1. That's a great question. Sounds like a teacher asked it. To answer, here are more questions: What is the most important thing in our solar system? Why? How does that compare the Auggie and his family? Look at what Via said, quoted above.

  7. What valuable lessons does Via teach us?
    Please reply

    1. Sounds like homework, so I can't respond directly, but here are some things I would think about in my response.

      Via believes that Auggie is the sun and everyone else are planets revolving around the sun. How might that make her feel? How might a kid feel if his/her brother or sister gets all the attention - for whatever reason? How might Via feel when her mom or dad drops whatever they are doing for Auggie but never for her? Think about the day she and her mom were planning to have on Halloween and how special it would have been for her. Now think about why it didn't happen. How does that make Via feel? Why?

      I also think there is an important lesson in Via's decision to never have children. That's a pretty big decision for a 15-year-old to make. Why does she say that? It has to do with the Punnett Squares.

      Hope that helps. Good luck!

  8. Because her kids will have a greater chance of looking like August than Via did.

  9. I like the book wonder.


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