I love using this book at the beginning of the year when we talk about the class rule, Be Kind. There are lots of examples of students NOT being kind in this book. The students often make fun of Rodney because he pronounces his r's as w's. I bet you can think of a few of your little ones who talk this same way.
Then one day a new student moves to their classroom and she is a BULLY! Everyone is afraid of her, Rodney included.