My grandson read the book then told his mom and me about it; asked us to read it. Very seldom does he do that but this touched him enough to cause him to speak up about it. The story was simple and presented the hardships encounted around such a basic human need - water. By also lightly describing the impact of war and other dangers in the area, a child would be exposed to this information. Questions are raised that allow parent-child interaction and help to teach our children to be socially aware and that you can have an impact on the lives of others as Salva Dut did/does. A simple well to supply water for lives and the social, educational, and economical changes that result when there is access to a good, clean, abundant supply. Excellent.