Wonder’ isn’t based on a true story, but my friends, the dramedy will still totally break your heart.

My kids and I bawled. That’s big deal for an 8-year-old. And both of my boys left the movie with a new perspective on life.

What the Movie Wonder is About

life lessons learned from the movie wonder

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Watch Wonder on Amazon

The movie takes you through this challenging year for Auggie and his family. If you’ve already seen this movie, then you know how awesome it is and I’d love to hear in the comments what lessons you or your kids learned from the movie.

Different Perspectives about the Movie Wonder

Believe it or not, there is a hot debate going on about the movie Wonder – even years after it’s release.

Some people and kids with facial differences applaud the movie – like written about here in this article from the post.

Others are upset by this movie. Their main source of outrage is that the book isn’t based on a real character, the author doesn’t have a facial deformity and the child playing the main character Auggie in the movie doesn’t have deformity either.

Either way there are some incredible lessons my kids have learned from the movie Wonder.

Lessons My Kids Learned from the movie Wonder

Here’s what we love & took away from that movie. Some lessons were brand new while others were reminders.

  1. Don’t judge anyone on appearance. Perhaps the biggest lesson of the movie and an important message for kids and adults alike. In the movie, the main character Auggie (August) had an unusual appearance. But as people around him got to know him better, and as his true self became revealed in the movie – we all learned he is fun, upbeat, kind and comedic.
  2. Happiness is a state of mind. By the end of the movie, Auggie’s character has mastered this lesson and shown that happiness is inside all of us.
  3. Get better not bitter. In the movie Auggie went through some tortuous times with other kids and his community. For the most part, Auggie didn’t let his experiences make him bitter. Instead he kept pressing on!
  4. Everyone has challenges. I tell my kids everyone has challenges, it’s just some are more visible than others. You never know what someone else may be going through. The movie of Wonder took us through challenges such as Auggie’s which we could see, and challenges of other characters that weren’t as visible. The author was clever to share different viewpoints of the same story.
  5. A mothers role can never be too little. There’s no doubt that the role of the mom in this story is one of great importance, as is the role in so many kids lives. Yet the role of mom often goes unnoticed.
  6. Character is determined by those little everyday moments. Watching this movie was an eye-opener for my kids to see other kids showing compassion. Compassion is a topic we treasure in our home. I say “if you are nothing else, at least be kind.” I was delighted to hear this echoed in the movie.
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