We loved this book and it made a very long car ride very enjoyable for the whole family. E.B. White is such a delight to read: my child regularly asked a question after one paragraph and then the question would be repeated and answered in the next paragraph as if E.B. White were right in the room with us. There are remnants of a less politically correct time in the prose, and as the mother, I felt there were some female stereotypes that I explained to my child as we went along.