I am 40 years old and college-educated; I never read this book as a child or teen. I loved the writing of this book: beautiful, descriptive language, just really fantastic, classic prose. But the story was still basically a children's story. If I were to read this to my 7-year-old son, who has an excellent vocabulary for his age, I would still be stopping frequently to explain the meaning of words. As as adult, I thoroughly loved the language, but appreciated the story more out of nostalgic whimsy.
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