Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tried It Tuesday

Let's link up with Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday!

My read aloud time is my FAVORITE time in my fourth grade classroom. We read Wonder by RJ Palacio this year and the class obviously enjoyed it! Which is why we were ECSTATIC to download the continuation of Wonder...the Julian Chapter!

The Julian Chapter is an e-book that we are reading on our class Kindle, currently. We started today and we are LOVING it!

For those of you who don't know, Wonder is the story of August Pullman, a boy born with severe facial disfigurement. In the book, he begins going to school with other kids for the first time in fifth grade. Julian is the bully in the text. In Wonder, many main characters have the opportunity to tell the story from their perspective, but Julian does not. Many fans of the text questioned the author about this, and she responded that Julian's perspective would be too negative and overpower Auggie's story. Welp, she has released his perspective...and here are my thoughts.

When I first started reading, it scared me. Because it WAS really negative. And I didn't want my boys to think that bullying is funny. But then we got to know Julian on a deeper level. And I really enjoyed his version of the story. I even cried. Okay, I cry at everything, so that's NBD.


  1. I started reading the Julian Chapter with my kids, but we ran out of time. I was so upset. I need to finish the book myself. I will definitely plan for reading this earlier in the year next year.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. I soooo wasn't into the Julian Chapter at first, but it grew on me as I read. And my boys are totally into WWII, so I know they'll enjoy the flashbacks!

  2. I didn't realize the Julian Chapter existed! I "Wonder" if I can fit it in over the next two and a half weeks...
    Grade 4 Buzz

    1. It depends on how long you plan on reading each day....it isn't exactly short! But my kids are really into it. Since we started our year with Wonder, it makes sense that we end the year with Wonder!

  3. I didn't realize the Julian Chapter existed either! I wish I had time for this this year! Pinning for next year. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper