It is really hard to believe that material of this caliber was once considered stories suitable for children. The racist stereotypes are both frequent and repeated. The title character is always referred to as "Little Brown Koko" and his mother is regularly referred to as "his nice, good, ole, big, fat, black Mammy." The word mother is never used. Koko is depicted as shiftless and hungry, always hungry. He rarely does anything that he is told and all of the images depict the black people as having "O ring mouths." While there is mention of a grandfather and an uncle, none of the stories mentions Koko having a father and no other men are mentioned. White people are nonexistent and Koko and his mother live in a tiny shack. This was a very difficult book to read but it does have some historical value. While it is a point of shame that such a book could be published in 1940, it is a simultaneous point of pride that in 2008 a black man was elected President. That combination is an excellent measure of how far this country has advanced in terms of race relations.