Wonder

Part 1: Auggie

Watch the videos one at a time.

 

Part One: August




Doctors have come from distant cities
just to see me
stand over my bed
disbelieving what they’re seeing
They say I must be one of the wonders
of god’s own creation
and as far as they can see they can offer
no explanation

NATALIE MERCHANT, “Wonder”

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Part Two: Via

From Chapter 37 ~ Major Tom

It was Miranda who had given Auggie the astronaut helmet he wore practically every day of the year when he was five or six. She would call him Major Tom and they would sing “Space Oddity” by David Bowie together. It was their little thing.



Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

—David Bowie, “Space Oddity”

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Part Three: Summer



You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring you down

—Christina Aguilera, “Beautiful”

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Part Four: Jack



Now here is my secret. It is very simple.
It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly.
What is essential is invisible to the eye.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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Part Five: Justin



Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams.

—John Merrick in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man



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Part Six: August



What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! …

—Shakespeare, Hamlet



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Part Seven: Miranda

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I forgot that I might see
So many beautiful things
I forgot that I might need
To find out what life could bring

—Andain, “Beautiful Things”

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Part Eight: August

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You’re gonna reach the sky Fly … Beautiful child

—Eurythmics, “Beautiful Child”

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