This was a great book to help the students understand Empathy, and I highly recommend it among many other topics that it can go along with.
I begin by explaining and having a discussions of what Empathy is (standing is someone else's shoes, try to understand how they feel). Can we ever feel exactly what someone else feels? Why/Why not? (we aren't them)
Pg. 5: What does Brian want? (to make friends, to get picked).
Pg. 7: How do you think Brian feels? (sad, lonely, ignored)
Pg. 9: What is the difference in this picture? (Brian is gray and kids are in color)
Why do you think he is drawn like that?
Pg. 11: Take a look at the picture where Brian has drawn the superhero. (Ask again) What is it that Brian wants?
Pg. 13: How would you feel if you were the new student and others were trying to decide if you were cool or not? Is that very nice? What do you think Brian is thinking?
Pg. 15: AHHH, could Brian have empathy for Justin? How?
Pg. 18: What do you notice that is happening to Brian in this picture? (getting color)
If he is getting color instead of gray, how do you think he feels? Why?
Pg. 20: Uh-Oh, how does Brian feel now?
Pg. 24-25: What do you think Brian is feeling now that he has worked with his two friends?
Pg. 26: How does Brian look like he feels?
Watch for student reactions while reading the story and catch them feeling empathy for the characters. Challenge the students to notice when they feel empathy for another person.
**I have found that this lesson takes a good 20-25 minutes if you are discussing what is happening in the story as you read. It generates great questions and responses from the students.