Thursday, March 28, 2013

Theme of "Wonder"

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The Main theme of Wonder was "Always be a little kinder than necessary." I think this is an excellent precept! You can buy this print here.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: Wonder By R.J. Palacio

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

It’s been a long time since I last read a children’s story, and although Wonder was definitely written for children; it was a wonderful reading experience. It was like going back to the 5th grade, when things were simple, but not really.
August (Auggie) Pullman is a 10-year-old boy born with a facial deformity. The story centers on Auggie’s first year of school, the vexations and excitements of fifth grade and how he navigates the waters of middle school; made more complex by his facial deformity.
Wonder isn’t some wordy examination of life with a facial deformity, it is a look into the lives of everyone affected by this “deformity” and how they deal with it; whether that be with ignorance or acceptance, love or hatred.
During the story, we hear from his sister and various friends what it is like to live with Auggie and how, after the initial shock of his face, they find him to be a regular boy with likes and dislikes; problems and solutions. That isn’t to say Auggie isn’t remarkable, because he is remarkable, and not because he has a“deformity,” but because in spite of this, he is strong.
This story filled me with fierce emotions, anger (at cruel bullies), sadness (for what Auggie has to go through every day), but in the end I felt triumphant, like I was standing by Auggie, victorious against the odds. It helped me to think of my blessings and refrain from self-pity. R.J. Palacio is a superb writer, crafting a swiftly-moving, page-turner with a simple message: be kinder than you need to be. 

Have you already read Wonder? Please tell us what you thought by leaving a comment…

Saturday, March 16, 2013

About Me

Hello, I'm Deborah. When I’m not writing I’m probably reading or drinking tea (Seriously though, I'm probably watching Sherlock.)

 I started The Crafty & Curious in 2012 as a blog focusing on literature and handmade things (I get a little off topic but that’s the general focus).  I love writing and reading almost as much as I love eating (and that’s saying a lot!). My goal is to learn as much as I can and never stop growing and changing.

10 favorite things in the world (Not necessarily in this order):

1. People
2. Books
3. Poetry
4. Sunshine (& clouds and Rain)
5. Music (specifically John Mayer, Taylor Swift and Regina Spektor)
6. Love
7. Tea (& Coffee)
8. Chocolate
9. The Beach
10. Color

I hope you find something of use to you on The Crafty & Curious. If I inspire you just a little, then I've succeeded.