Dear Parents and Guardians,
Given the huge interest generated in school and in homes by the “One School One Book” Project over the past two years, we have decided to continue with the project in third, fourth, fifth and sixth classes after the midterm break.
One School One Book is a community reading project based on the successful One City One Book project that takes place across the world. As part of One School One Book project, children and their families are encouraged to read and discuss a particular book, along with supporting activities held in school. We hope that all children and families will read the book at the same pace as in school – thus generating interest, debate and anticipation across the school community. Please do not read ahead as it may spoil the many class-based activities.
This year the chosen book is New York Times and international bestseller “Wonder”, written by R. J. Palacio. Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. After encountering ignorance, discrimination and hostility, the sweet-natured Auggie gradually wins acceptance, and ultimately triumphs over his circumstances.
The book retails at €7.99 but the eldest child in your family can buy the book from their teacher for €5.00. Siblings will be lent a copy of the book which should be returned in good condition at the end of the project. This book has the power to engage children in a compelling and moving read that will may cause tears, laughter, empathy and much discussion. We believe that this is a book for the whole family – children and adults.
I hope you enjoy this project. With your interest and support, this project will spark a deeper love of reading and a maybe a better understanding of difference.