This book made me think about how dependent I am on others for both my needs and wants. I can cook, clean, and sew. But I would not be able to build a decent shelter, cook over a fire, or know how to make something from nature into clothing. For all our advantages there are to our modern civilization, it seems like we are less knowledgable about skills that make it possible to take care of ourselves.
If I taught older elementary or middle school students, I would consider reading it aloud to my class.