Hank is a positive role model for kids with learning disabilities, and is supported by a culturally diverse and encouraging network of friends, family, and neighbors. In this book, he realizes that his improvement in baseball was due to practice, not from a lucky pair of socks. Throughout the story, Hank acknowledges his academic and attention difficulties, and is committed to using various recommended techniques to help his concentration (such as listening to headphones while he studies for tests, and doing deep yoga breaths when he feels anxious). Hanks perseveres even when something is hard for him, and is rewarded for this effort. A naughty boy engages in name calling (zit-face).