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W is for Wonder

Wonder in which form I am referring to the word ‘wonder’ here? I love this word in all its forms and usages.

It can be the verb, like in this quote from one of my favorite authors:

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.” Dr. Seuss

Or it can be a noun or an adjective (in the use as wonderful below)

“What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.” G.K. Chesterton”

And the wonders of childhood can be something like what William Blake mentions in these lines below.

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”

― William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Do we we somehow tend to lose sight of as we grow up into adults? Or do we retain this sense of wonder? As for me, I feel that we do not outgrow this. There is enough to make me say, “This is wonderful!” or appreciate the wonders of the everyday, in my family, in the sunrise and sunset, in the seasons, and even in wondrous words!

What are your thoughts, dear reader?

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The Book

Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama

Become a Leader Like Michelle Obama

Title: Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama Become a Leader Like
Author: Caroline Moss
Illustrator: Sinem Erkas
Publishers: Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Childrens
Pub Date: 3 Mar 2020
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs , Children’s Nonfiction
Age-Range: 8 – 12 years
Source: NetGalley

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My Thoughts

The Work It Girl series is a wonderful series of biographies featuring inspiring and empowering women. They are a great way to introduce young audiences to all of these women and learn from their lives.

This book takes us on a journey through Michelle Obama’s life from the day she turned eight up until the current day (a post White House life where she wrote Becoming). We get a lovely and inspiring peek into her life – family, friendships, love, school, career, and more. I enjoyed reading about her Princeton and Harvard times, and about how she met Barack Obama, as well as their life from a law firm to the White House and beyond.

Caroline Moss’ writing makes it appealing and accessible for a broad range of readers, while Sinem Erkas’ 3D-paper illustrations for this book pop with color across the pages. The book also has quotes from Michelle Obama and a few photographs.

I also enjoyed the 10 Lessons, a quiz based on the book, and further reading resources included at the end of the book. All of these make this book (and this series of books) a valuable learning resource.

In Summary

This book is informative, and more importantly, inspiring! So – go get it, girls and boys!

“Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama (Work It Girl: Be a Leader Like Michelle Obama)

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Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading this inspirational book.

“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

My ‘W’ Book Stacks

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w book stack makes me wonder

The Books

The first photograph

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Wings of Fire
  • Whatever After
  • The Wisdom of Children
  • Walk Two Moons
  • The Wishing Chair Collection
  • The Water Babies (and Peter Pan)
  • World of Science
  • Well Advised: A Practical Guide to Everyday Health Decisions
  • Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language
  • The Wonders Inside the Earth
  • The White Elephant
  • Word Fun
  • Wayside School is Falling Down
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Wish
  • White Fang
  • When You Reach Me
  • Willow Run
  • Wig in the Window (not pictured)

The second pic above

Quick Notes

I have read all (or part) of the books in bold above. And of the rest, there are many the kids have read, like A Walk in the Woods that my son read and reviewed for me; or The Wig in the Window, that my daughter read.

“The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” Ralph Sockman

Random Thing(s) for ‘W’ Day

So here is a list of whatabouts for you today. I am making this a quiz once again, so feel free to let me know what you think each one means. Some words are still in use, while others are quaint or obsolete but some of them should be brought back! (and don’t forget about whatabouts!) My clues for you today – the part of speech/and for some, whether in use or not (the words in use are valid English words somewhere in the world!)

  • wafture (noun)
  • walleteer (noun – archaic)
  • whangam (noun)
  • whilom (Adverb – archaic)
  • wirble (verb – archaic)
  • wirewove or wire-wove (adj)
  • woebegone (Adj)
  • wondermonger (noun)
  • woofits (noun)
  • woopie (noun)
  • wrick (noun)
  • writative (adj)
  • wronghead (noun)
  • wyrd (noun – archaic)

“It is a happiness to wonder; — it is a happiness to dream.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Stories and Poems

And now, the end of this post

So, dear reader, as always, a couple of questions for you. Have you read any of the pictured ‘W’ books? Do you have interesting ‘W’ words or facts for me?

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Socrates

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15 thoughts on “W is for Wonder

  1. I haven’t lost the sense of wonder and I’m now seeing how Lia looks at things and wonders about them. It’s wonderful to be able to have this whether we are old or young.

  2. This is awesome. Michelle Obama is amazing. Will definitely look into this book series. I think it’s great to teach kids about inspirational female leaders.

  3. Have read some of these books – A Wrinkle In Time is my fave of the ones you include – but not for ages. Honestly, the book that came to mind when I saw the post title was the book Wonder and the corresponding movie starring Julia Roberts.

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