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Kindness, individual differences, and bullying are central themes in the movie “Wonder”

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Wonder (2017) is a movie directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the New York Times Bestselling book by R. J. Palacio. Wonder is about August (“Auggie”) Pullman and his family during his entry into 5th Grade at a private school in NYC. Auggie has been homeschooled most of his life because he was born with a medical condition that left him with certain facial differences. At the beginning of the school year, Auggie struggles to cope with ostracism from his peers; however, a close friendship he forms with a boy named Jack helps him to successfully integrate. His friendship with Jack is tested when peers verbally, socially and physically bully Auggie at school. Kindness and tolerance are reported to the be themes of the movie, with opportunities for discussions surrounding kindness, bullying, responsibility, overcoming challenges and friendships are available on the website.