My children and I were inspired to read this book when reading Helen Keller's 'The Story of My Life', because it was one of her favorite books, and the first book she read from start to finish. Somehow I never read it in my childhood, which is a shame - I would have loved it.
I read it aloud with my children, and we all enjoyed it immensely. My 10 year old son said it was his favorite book, and we were all anxious to find out how it ended, and couldn't stop reading.
I love sharing stories with my children that teach the value of virtue and goodness, with an added benefit of history and culture. This book is compelling and sweet and funny and interesting, with fun and interesting characters who inspire goodness. It's a new family favorite.