This book ranks among my all-time favorite children's novels, telling a rich story in such heartwarming simplicity. It's another book that I think all kids should read at some point during their school years. I have actually even given it to a few adult friends as gifts. And an added bonus...the film version of this book was actually OK. I always worry that a film will ruin the essence of a good book, but in this case, the movie captures the book's charm.