A Letter to R.J. Palacio/ Una Carta a R.J. Palacio

Dear R. J. Palacio,

One of my favorite books that I have ever read in school was the book Wonder. I think the moral of the book is such an important thing to teach kids, especially at a younger age like I was when I read it. It teaches people to be kind to one another and to not judge a person by the way they look. Kindness is such an important quality to have in life because you never know what a person is going through, and your kindness towards them could be something that helps them get through a tough time or makes them feel better about themselves. For instance, in my life I met a girl in seventh grade who had a disability, much like the character Auggie. She didn’t have a lot of people to talk to since people would judge her by the way she looked and automatically assumed things about her. It reminded me a lot of what people did to Auggie. So one day I decided to get to know her and become her friend so she could have somebody to talk to. At first, I was kind of hesitant because I have never talked to anyone like that before. I was kind of nervous and wasn’t sure what to say to her, but soon after we started talking, I realized she is just like anybody else. I was able to see how sweet and funny and caring she was. She would always invite me to her lunches and give me random hugs in the hallways. She never failed to put a smile on my face on days where I was feeling down. In reality, I thought I was helping her, but as I got close to her I realized how important our relationship was for me. She had taught me one of the most important lessons I have ever learned, and I will carry that with me my whole life. 

It gave me a better sense of peoples’ characters and how important it is to get to know someone before you make any judgements. An example of this would be of a past friend I had. She was considered to be one of the most popular girls in school, almost like a celebrity. I was her best friend since 5th grade. We did everything together: dance, chorus, trips to the beach, and sleepovers. I was doing it all because she wanted me to. I was like a pawn in her game that I did not want to be involved in. I soon realized what I got into when I met the girl who is similar to Auggie. She was the one who opened my eyes and made me realize that my best friend wasn’t as good of a person as society or even myself made her out to be. Once we entered high school, I knew that it was true. It was almost as if she never met me, and she continued to strive to be the popular girl. If it wasn’t for that Auggie figure in my life, I would not have realized the choices I have made, and I would not have been able to stop myself from going down a path I did not want to continue on. Because of Wonder, I realized not to judge a book by its cover, but get to know someone before you make a judgement, because there is a good chance that the person who may not look ideal has a much better personality than the person who is considered to be beautiful and perfect human.
Mi libro favorito es Wonder por R.J. Palacio. El libro enseña a la gente a ser amable. Wonder me ensenò a ser amable. Tambièn me gustò el libro porque era fàcil de entender. Pude leer el libro y disfrutar. 

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