I really do love that book. When schools ask for modeling on response to
literature, that's one of the three books I always grab off my shelf.
Some of my favorite responses have been the character responses. Sangoel is
brave and then they offer up 3-4 examples from the text where they thought
he acted in a brave way. Or, Sangoel was clever, and again they provide
evidence from the text.
One of the most powerful responses I read was a personal response from a 5th
grade boy who said how his brother had given him a nickname that now
everyone knew and used and how it made him feel on the inside whenever he
heard it. This student offered to share what he had written and when he
completed the response several kids in the room looked at him and said,
"I'll never call you that again. Promise."