I bought this to share with my 3 year old daughter and the message is beautiful. However, I can't get through the book without crying, which is confusing for her (I've already had one child leave to go to university, so that page is the one that sets me off - you'd know what I meant if you saw the page!) It will sit on the bookshelf to be read later and hopefully she will treasure it in years to come. This is a lovely account of a life from birth to old age and I think you'll either see the beauty in the words or you'll find it too sickly sweet. Fortunately, I'm in the first group and I found it really touching. The illustrations are beaufiul. It wasn't exactly what I expected but I'm glad that I bought it - it' a real keepsake and a lovely mother to daughter gift.