I shared this with my 6 and 8 year old children as we traveled to and from school each day. They would always say, "Mom, don't forget your iPod!" because they didn't want to miss out on this story....and neither did I. I'm sure I enjoyed this book as much if not more than my children. It was beautiful in every way: great quick moving plot, unusual and well-developed characters, fantastic imagery and great narration (read by the author). I'm going to have to get the print version now as well because there are parts I want to go back and read over and over again.
I have a 7 year old and 5 year old who begged to listen to another chapter of this story every day on the way to and from school. Since it was first published in the 1950's era, family dynamics in the story are different than today, but good behavior and manners are timeless. This book is silly and fun enough to get kids to think about those topics on their own with no lecture from parents. After listening to the chapter about Lester the pig, I had a very pleasant dinner with my five-year-old using the best table manners I've seen out of him yet with no requests or reminders from me and several tattle-telling sessions from my seven-year-old were stopped in midsentence by referring to the black cloud from another of the chapters.
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