I was so shocked by the content of this book and that it was available to Kindergarten age children, by the end I was actually laughing because I could not believe it to be real. As I read this library book to my children (three boys ages 3, 5, and 6), my five year old asked in tears, "Why do some mommies die before boys go to school?" My six year old wondered why if police were our friends, why was the boy in the story afraid of them and trying to hide from them in disguises. Daily donuts for a meal, a dead mom, a loser of a dad who abandons his 6-year old son daily at an airport to be left with virtual strangers, disguises from security, hygiene in a public bathroom, and a little boy who responds with physical violence at the happiness of others. Oh, boy, let's all line up for lessons in value from Eve Bunting. Sure, a parent can reason to the conclusion she was leading us toward, that there is hope for everyone, and sure it may have some redeeming value, but, please, it is way too deep for young children who may only find confusion and disturbing conclusions from such a book. I understand the topic is real and I know the underlying issues are all very real and I do recognize the necessity to make our children aware of the world around them. Some children may have it within them to find the message of hope here, but I feel it is not worth the risk of filling their hearts and minds with what I found to be disturbing images. I have three very intelligent children who needed some comforting explanations to get past this premise. If you find it necessary to teach your children about the less fortunate, please find a less threatening manner in which to do so.