I read this to my 4th grade class this semester and they really got into the theme of the story! Before reading, I gave a brief summary of the book's plot and asked the students if they had ever been accused of doing something they didn't do because in the story that is what happened to the children. While reading the story, they made connections to how they felt during those times and what they did to change the person's mind (text to self). We also discussed how the pictures and description of the characters in the story gave away the time period/setting. The little girl (narrator) discussed how she was not really part of their family, but her friends grandmother had "adopted her". The pictures gave away that she was white and the rest of the characters were black. This story tied into a few others that we had been reading with the same theme so we connected text to text.