Dede compares herself to Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum. They both play, smile, dress, like to go to school and like macaroni and cheese with ketchup! They are different because Chrysanthemum is a mouse and Dede is human. Chrysanthemum is shy and Dede is outgoing. Chrysanthmum runs to school but Dede drives a car to school.
While some of these first comparisons are somewhat shallow and not the kind of connections that are really going to help the students understand the range of emotions and mood of the characters, they are a beginning step in comparing at a deeper level - and they are fun!