What a delightful little story. As I read, I could picture kids performing it as a skit. It provides so many openings for children to explore their own feelings, and at the same time consider how their words might be affecting their classmates. Lesson questions are suggested to guide young readers toward a discovery of just how much the right words cheer us and the wrong ones hurt us. Each of the story’s actors becomes an endearing little creature because of the wonderful illustrations. This book offers such a wide array of both language and life skills for teachers and parents to explore with their children.