This book is about is about family and loneliness. The mother dies while giving birth to her son. The father finds out that it is hard to keep up with a farm and two children so he starts looking for another wife. I would use this when talking about narrative writing. I would have the students write their own personal narratives about their first experiences with a person who becomes very important in their lives, such as a best friend or a new teacher. I would do this in a second grade classroom.