I rate this so highly because I heard the author read it aloud on the radio and it made me cry and cry. If you ever get a chance to listen to him, do so!I just read an interesting review by The Library Lady ". . . I remember a librarian I worked with who liked to read this to pre-school groups. The moms all sobbed gently and the kids ran around ignoring the book . . ." that I am forced to agree with. This book is for adults not children.