How might the story change now that Opal is beginning to appreciate her dad more?
Can you tell what her mother is like from the ten things her father describes to her? Did you eventually change your opinion? Why do you think the author brought each of these characters into the story? No one does magic or has unnatural features.
Opal believes that the dog does smile and that is what is important to her and everyone else. Once the kids know that the story they are about to read is about a girl living with her dad, you can frame the discussion in terms of Opal instead of the kids in your class themselves.
Why do you think Opal wanted to know ten things about her mother? When the author makes the dog smile, it could just look like the dog is smiling but not really be smiling.
What adjustments do you think Opal might have to make? Does everybody miss somebody? Update this section!