Summer sitting with Auggie was a big part in the book because it symbolizes friendship. Summer chose to sit with Auggie instead of with her friends. That symbolizes kindness and friendship.
Symbol of Cutting Off the Padawan Braid
Auggie cutting off the Padawan Braid was a surprise in the story because he was really proud of the braid. Cutting off the braid shows development and growth. He is going to a public school now so he has moved on to being homeschooled and he has also moved on form his braid.