This book is just great! I recently used it in a lesson. We discussed inferences and used the beautiful illustrations to talk about how we can infer the characters' feelings based on facial expressions and such. Also we discussed the truth that "families are what you make them," as this is frequently said in the story. The grade level for this story is a 4.1, but we used it in my 3rd grade classroom and it worked very well. The students learned a great lesson on not comparing your family to others'.