Once again, Patricia Polacco writes a touching and beautiful story which crosses over ethnic and generational lines and embraces community. The story is based on the firestorms that devastated parts of the hills of Oakland, California in the early 1990's. The illustrations incorporate actual photographs and posters as part of the drawings. The story takes place during Sukkoth, the Jewish Harvest Festival. The explanation given and the comparison to Thanksgiving builds bridges between people and is important for our students to learn. I would use this book as a read aloud beginning in the primary grades. I won't give away the ending, but have kleenex available!