I have previously written about my love for this book here. This one is just a gem above all gems. My favorite book of all time. I am not even sure when I first read this, but it was probably a read aloud by my fourth grade teacher (she read us all the great ones: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Where the Red Fern Grows (which had us all bawling) and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles). I have read it so many times since then that I can't even count.
If there was ever a book that I am grateful exists, it is this one!