Do you think Peggy meant to bully Wanda?
Peggy did not realize she was being mean to Wanda; she actually thought that Wanda was telling lies about how many dresses she owned and was trying to point out to her how ridiculous her grandiose claims were. Peggy sees it as gentle teasing and does not realize that the other children in the class look to her for their lead and consequently join in the teasing as well. The fact that she felt guilty after Wanda has left the school also indicates that her actions were simple teasing rather than calculated bullying.
Given their teasing, how was Wanda able to still see Peggy and Maddie as friends?
Wanda was essentially a bigger person than either Peggy or Maddie, but she seems to have taken their teasing as a sign of friendship rather than as something intentionally unkind. Their poking fun regarding her one hundred dresses was the most attention she ever received among the group of children and when they were not teasing her nobody was paying her any attention so framing their attention as a clumsy overture of friendship makes her also feel as if she has made friends in her class at school.
What lessons does this book teach children about how to treat others?
This book teaches children and adults alike to stand up for what is right and not to be swayed by others. It teaches that although standing up for the right thing might be difficult, standing by and watching whilst others are bullied or treated badly is definitely the wrong thing to do. It also will be something that plays on your mind for a lot longer than doing the right thing would have done. The main lesson in this book is "be nice to others".
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