In a world where most trips to the bookstore end up with me leaving empty handed, its so great to finally find a book that i am comfortable sharing with my child. I am a heterosexual living the "accepted" life in a heterosexual marriage, and to me, it would be an utter crime to NOT share with my son and daughter ALL of the love on God's earth. Regardless of your religious or moral pursuasions, it is most important that our children understand love, and I am so pleased with this purchase...my children are too, and i know they will be better adults for it. Hopefully, if enough of us raise our children to respect one another we can make a difference. 123 is well written and the illustrations are brilliant. A+!