This is a very touching book about being adopted. When the class hamster has babies, Alfie Tate becomes involved in finding new homes from them. This is especially poignant because Alfie explains to the class that he was adopted when he was little. He shares his life story book, which has pictures of him when he was a baby and letters from people who helped him. One hamster, named Alfonzo, always looks sad, so Alfie takes special care of him, eventually adopting Alfonzo himself and making him a life story book. There are lots of important issues raised by this story, all covered gently and sensitively.