Don't get me wrong... I have two AMAZING grandsons, and love them to pieces. But having had two sons of my own, now two grandsons, I've spent my whole adult life surrounded by men/boys and would relish a little female companionship and the opportunity to help in shaping a strong young woman! This story is such a special one as it reflects on mothers and daughters... apparently, the writer/director of the 2012 Disney movie (which won SO many awards!) this Little Golden Book is based on was inspired by her relationship with her own daughter. I didn't see the film, but did read up on the plot... Queen Elinor believes it's come time for her daughter, Merida, to become betrothed... Merida has other plans! Even though the idea of becoming betrothed to someone is not something we really relate to in our 2010's culture (thank goodness!), the conflicts that ensue between mothers and daughters, the clash between ideals/expectations mothers were raised with and the evolving notions and wills of their daughters will forever be a "current event", as we women continue to grow and expand our definitions of ourselves. Again, I did not see the movie, but I've wanted my grandchildren to experience the full realm of Disney movies - the "ancient" ones Grandpa and I grew up with, to the ones I took their own father to see, to the more recent ones. My older grandson was "so-so" in his reception of this book, and my younger grandson isn't old enough yet to listen to it, but I have another grandchild due in September (too early to tell whether we're having another grandson or our first granddaughter), and how I would love to be able to read this book to a granddaughter someday! I LOVE the closing line... "Elinor and Merida had learned to love each other just the way they were." This is the final, most beautiful step in the mother/daughter relationship... total acceptance. Something to be celebrated, and how lovely to have this story condensed into 24 easy-to-read pages!