Alex Garza a child of two may not fully understand the premise of the book. but its still appropriate. especially when used as an aide in teaching values, love and compassion. my mother read this to me many times during my childhood and I loved it. I have many first editions in my collection, but my old ratty copy of this book is my most loved by far. such a wonderful story, it still chokes me up every time read it, i can't wait to read this book to my own future child.