I had just heard of this book for the first time in my CT's class last semester and I truly loved it! It really shows the meaning for loving people for who they are and not how they look. It also has a great message of how children should treat others. I think 2nd grade is the perfect grade for this book! The lexile level of this book is AD540L. I could use this book during reading circle to discuss how we should treat others and maybe do a coloring stripes on a cut out figure activity! Children could write words of kindness of each different colored stripe.