The rating is mostly for what I thought of it as a kid as opposed to now. It's one of those books that I really loved and I can't for the life of me fathom WHY. It reads like "Baby's First Book of Communism" now. I dunno, the message was a bit too ham-fisted for me to really enjoy it but I can see why I liked it as a kid (the message of sharing with those less fortunate was really all I picked up on at the time). Basically, it's not the message that bothers me, but the execution.