The richness of the heritage of a Sephardic Jewish family in Brooklyn forms the matrix of this story of 7-year old Joel, who proved himself a person in his family pattern. The Mendozas have deep roots- both Spanish and American. They are a likeable family, deeply conscious of their religious background, yet alert to the world around them. Joel is the youngest, and the story focusses on him, as he makes new friends at school, and bucks the bully in defense of his older, sensitive brother. Adult and aware handling.