This is a great life lesson book for kids. But, I would not use it with the younger kids. They would not understand the message. It's best for 4th grade and up, I think. It's a great way to start discussions about how do you know what is the right thing to do. It's also inspired me to find Tolstoy's original short story. The story is also enhanced by the beautiful water color illustrations. I checked this one out from the library. After reading it I added it to my Amazon shopping cart.