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This was one of my favourite books to read and re-read as a child. Even now it is appealing. The story is simple but charming and easy to understand regardless of the age of the text and should appeal to kids of all ages and either gender (it's a little soft but it IS adventure) and has a quaint but still pertinent moral. The images are gorgeous as well.
Superb childhood story, fondly remembered. Ignore Kirkus's bitter ramblings - he probably never had anyone read to him when he was a child.