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A must read for pre-school through 2nd grade. Lots of kids have problems saying their "R" sound and this book is a hilarious story of how Wodney bested the class bully! All my 5 grandkids have loved this book - almost as much as I do!
Wonderfully illustrated book about Rodney Rat who calls himself "Wodney Wat." Wodney has a speech impediment and can't say his r's. Wodney is very insecure about his speech problem and is humiliated at school around all of his classmates. Wodney didn't like to speak at all. One day, a new student comes to school who intimidates everyone at school. Wodney is scared to death about what the new student will do when she hear's him talk. One day during recess, Wodney is the leader of the game "Simon says." Wodney's life turns gets turned around and he "comes out of his shell," and becomes popular. Great book for speech therapy with lessons on being confident and embracing your differences.
This is a wonderful book, so well-plotted and well-illustrated that the story has an effortless flow to it. Yes, Rodney is miserable at first because the other rodents make fun of his speech difficulty: kids and adults can relate to this. Rodney becomes even more miserable when the huge, incredibly-smart Camilla Capybara joins his class and intimidates everybody in it. And then, to make matters even worse, Rodney is assigned the role of sayer in Simon Says.
The other rodents compensate for Rodney's inability to say the letter "R" -- they do what he means, not what he says. Camilla, however, doesn't know Rodney, or any of the other rodents. Camilla is focused exclusively on herself. She thinks she is the biggest, the smartest, and the best. She hears what Rodney says and she does what he says. While other rodents "read" the sign, Camilla hears "weed the sign" and begins to weed it.
Soon Rodney understands what is happening. He sees that, by using his speech difficulty, he can get the other rodents to "go rest," but he can get Camilla to "go west."
Rodney becomes a hero, as he deserves to be because he uses his skills to achieve a desired result.
This book was recommended to me by another teacher during a training. I thought it sounded fantastic, but when I actually read it, I was pretty underwhelmed. It's over the heads of most of the preschoolers, and I just didn't think was that great anyway. I think the point of the book is supposed to be that rat who is different and was once made fun of is the hero at the end, but the poor rat's heroism is totally unintentional. Even when I read it with first graders, I don't think many of them understood it or related to it very well. Nice concept, but not fully baked.