I looked it up on Wikipedia because my 11 year old came home and was excited, but still bumming out about the book. I wanted to see what they considered 'required reading' for 11 year old kids. While I like the story, I'm kind of skeptical about it being read to elementary school kids or any kids for that matter. I understand that we can't nor should we shield the youth about death, but this movie and book both I felt were too dark for my particular kid, specially since my kid is as soft as pudding. But don't get me wrong, I LOVE this book!! It's a really good read, and I recommend it....just not to a kid.
I wish I had been better prepared when I was a kid. My parents tried to shield me and when I got out on my own, I was floored by what I saw. In my ignorance, the world continued educating me in ways one can only imagine that there are
bad things in this world. I think the fairy tales we were read to as kids illustrates that point over and over again. My parents, God bless them, tried to keep us as innocent for as long as possible, but I wish my parents had taken more time to let me know that there are people that make bad choices, death, sex, drugs and crime.