I use this text as part of a Talk 4 Writing program. The students learn the story and then we innovate with a different country, for instance, New Zealand. Then when the students get to the Imitation phase I give them a small choice of countries to write about. The 'My teacher thinks...' section can be used to add a personal goal for individual students.
Use for modelled writing or in guided reading for comparing and contrasting with another country.
Talk 4 Writing style model text
Writing WAGOLL (What a Good One Looks Like)
Teacher and student checklist
Talk 4 Writing style toolbox