365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts

365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts

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by R. J. Palacio
     
 

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In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. This companion book features conversations between Mr. Browne and Auggie, Julian, Summer, Jack Will, and others, giving readers a special peek at their lives after Wonder ends. Mr.

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In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. This companion book features conversations between Mr. Browne and Auggie, Julian, Summer, Jack Will, and others, giving readers a special peek at their lives after Wonder ends. Mr. Browne's essays and correspondence are rounded out by a precept for each day of the year—drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills.

There’s something for everyone here, with words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucius, Goethe, Sappho—and over 100 readers of Wonder who sent R. J. Palacio their own precepts.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
Thomas Browne, fifth-grade teacher from Palacio's best-selling Wonder (2012), returns in a companion volume offering a collection of inspiring precepts. Precepts are "words to live by, to elevate the soul, that celebrate the goodness in people," and Mr. Browne uses them to teach such classical virtues as wisdom, justice, courage and temperance. He believes his students are still kids, "so why should we let you roam wild in the uncharted territory of middle school without just a little bit of guidance?" At the beginning of each month, Mr. Browne writes a new precept on the board, students copy it in their notebooks, discuss it in class, and write paragraphs and essays inspired by the precepts. This volume includes a year's worth of Mr. Browne's precepts chosen from 10 years of teaching, as well as some submitted by young people in a contest held by the author. Each precept is credited, and most take up one page; occasional variations in background and typeface keep the visual presentation moderately interesting. Though the cumulative effect of so many inspiring words can be deadening, like being trapped in a Hallmark card shop, the intention is good, and Mr. Browne's essays at the end of each month add a much-needed adult perspective on the need to guide young people in the ways of kindness and empathy. A big collection of inspiring words that will appeal to the legions of fans awaiting more wonder in their lives. (acknowledgments, list of contributors) (Anthology. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This book picks up at the end of Wonder, an award-winning and bestselling book in 2012, and highlights Mr. Browne and his “precepts” (words/phrases to live by). Used in Wonder to get the 5th grade students to think about what they believed and how they put their thoughts into action, this book contains a year’s worth of quotes to inspire and ignite the imagination of anyone reading them. Each month begins with a two to four page narrative from Mr. Browne on his own memories of some specific or topic or a narrative that includes emails from the students he had during the year August was in his 5th grade classroom. These narratives help focus the reader on the nature of the precepts in that section. For example, January focuses on wonder and knowing oneself through life experiences and notes quotes from Roald Dahl and Popeye to Kahlil Gibran and Carl Sagan. July focuses on how we determine what makes us successful human beings: love, money, happiness? As an educator, I love this book because it puts together so many wonderful quotes from a diverse group of human beings; as a parent, I love the gentle tone Mr. Browne has as he illuminates each section with wisdom and humor. This is a great choice for any library; I am also thinking that it would be a wonderful graduation present from middle school or high school simply because it has so many ideas for any person to ponder. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 9 up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553499049
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
26,002
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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