I know, I know, it's probably crazy that I didn't read this as a child, but let me tell you... reading was NOT my jam when I was in school. In fact, I don't know that I read a full book when I was younger - CliffsNotes were my best friend. With that said, I saw this book at our little free library before we were getting ready to fly to Michigan for Christmas and thought it would be a perfect read for the flight. And, wouldn't you know?! I was right! This is such a cute (and touching) little story. I can totally see why it is referred to as one of America's top 100 most-loved novels. And can you believe it was written in 1952?! WOWSER! I love how the beauty of friendship is told page after page - makes my heart smile! I would give it a 10 out of 10.