Thursday Book Feature: 365 Days of Wonder

365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Brown’s Book of Precepts

by R. J. Palacio

Copyright 2014.

This is a companion book to Wonder, which I reviewed here last week. Mr. Brown, August’s English teacher, gives his fifth grade students a saying or “precept” each month and asks them to write about it. He has compiled a book of these precepts for each day of the year.

This book is divided into sections, arranged by month. At the beginning of the book and after each section is a vinyet by Mr. Brown, in which he reflects on one or more precepts and includes essays and letters from his students.

I like the way an issue not closed in Wonder is resolved in this book, which is also written for children. All of us at any age can relate to many of the precepts. In fact, they could be used as writing prompts for adults.

Now it’s your turn. At the end of each school year, Mr. Brown asks students to send him post cards with their own precepts. I encourage you, my loyal readers, to do the same. You don’t have to send me a postcard. Just leave your precept in the comment field below. If you’re not sure what a precept is, you can refer to the book for examples. You could also pick a precept from the book and comment on what that precept means to you. In any case, I’m looking forward to hearing from you about precepts.


Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

5 thoughts on “Thursday Book Feature: 365 Days of Wonder”

  1. What a great idea it is to write about a precept. My grandfather used to say, “Throw your eyes around.” He meant that we should be observant of what’s going on around us. Seems like sighted folks are so focused on their phones that they miss so much. Sometimes their obsession can lead to injury or death.

    One of my precepts is that when I don’t know what I’m praying about, God does. I also say that stupid people are their own worst enemies.


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