I’m a reader, so this is almost blasphemy, but the movie is so much better! The movie found a narrative. The book is a collection of facts. Great, interesting facts, but lacking the kind of storytelling that makes a kid want to keep going. I couldn’t get through the original version and my kids didn’t much enjoy me making them read the young readers version. (For Homeschool) Amazing story- make sure kids know this history! But the book isn’t a compelling read.