In a county as multi-cultural as ours, it is vital to offer children an opportunity to see realities and environments different from their own. At a time when we are seeking to expand our perspectives into experiences that we may otherwise never know, Ms. Aldrich uses glimpses into someone else’s story — her own childhood story — as an integral way of creating more accepting and open minds and hearts. Reading this book with your child celebrates diversity, and it will help your young one recognize that what is seen as outwardly different can just be a slight variation in the broad spectrum of humanity; that “different” is beautiful.