5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Wonder"

Families can talk about everything from empathy to peer pressure and bullying. By Betsy Bozdech
5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Wonder"

Based on R. J. Palacio's award-winning novel of the same name, Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a genetic facial difference who attends school for the first time. It has scenes of bullying and intense emotions, but it's also full of positive messages about choosing kindness, appreciating everyone for who they are (rather than what they look like), and true friendship; empathy and perseverance are also strong themes. All of this means there's plenty for families to talk about after watching this Common Sense Seal-honored film. Try these discussion questions for kids:

  • Families can talk about how the other kids react to Auggie in Wonder. What do they learn about him over the course of the movie? What do you think you'd do in their position?
  • How does being bullied affect Auggie? How did you feel about Julian by the time the movie was over? What role does peer pressure play in some of the bullying? How would you handle the situation that Jack Will faces?
  • How does the story show the importance of empathy and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?
  • If you've read the book, how do you think the movie compares? Which parts were the same? Which were different?
  • How do you think this story might be different if the characters weren't, in general, so privileged? What advantages does Auggie have based on his background?

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About Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's executive editor of ratings and reviews. After earning bachelor's and master's... Read more

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Adult written by mmichelle

My daughter is 6. Is she too young for the movie? We discuss bullying and differences, but the book has a scene in which one of the characters says, “ I’d rather kill myself than look like that”. I’m not ready to have those conversations with her. Thanks for any input.
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old written by Betsy Bozdech

Hi! The movie retains that comment/conversation, so if you don't feel ready for her to read the book, then I'd wait on the movie, too. :)

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