This is a very cute book and actually has more depth for a kids book that makes it one of the most perfect books for kids that are not toddlers but not yet full readers-- so they can sit with their parent to read it and go over what it means. But also, any kid, my older ones included, would love to sit and read this book as well.
Kids often have more wisdom then we give them credit for and this book helps to foster some of the wisdom that kids have built into them. To realise what was going on around them and to help fix it even in the smallest of ways.
I feel like the terminology of what they call people by, such as the white people as "The Man" will also open up conversations with the older kids about what the meaning behind that terminology means.
In fact, I would argue that this is a good thing because we are living in a day and age where some people think we should go back in time to before the time of freedom of those that were enslaved here in America. We sometimes forget that it wasn't that long ago in the grand scheme of time of the world that we have gotten rid of that-- because it existed in a whole different way. Racism is sadly still here and it breaks my heart into a million pieces. Tolerance is something that we need to teach to all, especially the kids coming up now.
This book can be just a story that is very good but it can be a gateway to teaching our kids about one little act of love, like Miss Debbie was to Denver, can change the course of not just one person's life but of the life of a town.
Love and tolerance is something that I ask highly instilled in my kids so much so that they were shocked at the little bit of explanation about what racism is. It broke my heart to have to explain this to my kids that don't know any different (of course at their level) and love everyone the same.
The biggest lesson even more than racism and bridging that gap, which won't really be as illuminated for the kids, is the lesson to love! The lesson to help someone and the lesson that it can be anyone that helps someone! And helping those that are different than you are is important and really we are not as different as we may think we are.
So, who are you helping?
This book gets ☀☀☀☀☀ out of five!
* I received this book from Booklook bloggers in exchange for my honest review *