I was tremendously moved and impressed with this book of poetry. I am trying to find good titles for my second grader for Black History Month, and this was one of the best finds. I do think that the "recommended" age range of ages 4-8 is way off. It should be more like ages 7-16. The children reading it don't need to know a ton of historical background, but they do need to know some in order for the book to make sense. By the time they're in second grade, most of them have learned a little about slavery, prejudice, segregation, and the fight for civil rights. That's why I think the recommended age should start at age 7. Anyhow, the poems are beautiful, moving, and thought-provoking. They really emphasize the humanity of the African Americans moving North for a better life. I got a real sense of who they were: what they looked like, what their fears were, and how frightening the search for a new life really was for them. Each poem is a little story unto itself. Another reason why this is such a great book: a parent, teacher, or librarian can just read a few poems out loud and let them resonate with the children. You don't have to read the whole book for it to make an emotional impact. For example, I loved the poem, "Very Young Woman," in which a young girl about to travel north sees the sadness and fear in her mother's eyes: her mother has secretly packed her teddy bear at the bottom of her suitcase. Details like this really help the children/readers relate to the characters in the book. Highly recommended.