This is what a picture book should be! Dare I say, it's what picture books, even for the younger ages, used to be. The text has depth, charm, heart, humor, touching moments, happy ending. riveting plot. In other words, like the VELVETEEN RABBIT, it's not just a one gimmick, 500 words or fewer, insult to the intelligence of today's children. It does not depend mainly on pictures to capture child's attention, It's deep, complex, witty, unique. Graphics are ubiquitous; gets get more than enough from the diaper box to videos. Not to say that the illustrations are not excellent; they are. But children need the mental stimulation of words. Of books like this. More please, Ms. Laden.