Stripes is a book about a young boy who finds a glimpse of himself as well as responsibility in the most unlikely place, his first pet, Stripes.
While interacting with Stripes and his situation, Timmy Tops displays qualities that his parents did not know he had.
Timmy surprises his family by overcoming his loss and doing what they have taught him throughout his life.
The time that Timmy Tops spends with his friend, Stripes, is short in comparision. But the short time he spends helps the family to realize that growth, understanding, and love is a vital part of Timmy's life.