I read this book over twenty years ago, when I was in 5th or 6th grade. It made a strong impression on me, so strong that although I eventually forgot the author's name, I never forgot the book. Wanting to reread it as an adult, I tried to find it without success. Finally, a few years ago, I returned to my childhood library while on a cross country trip. The children's books were in a different part of the library, but when I described the book to the librarian, she recognized it instantly, and told me the author's name. The book is now out of print, but I am still looking for a copy. Meanwhile, if you find it in a library, and want a wonderful naturalistic fairy tale, true emotions with the magic and mystery kept in, and a lot of humour, try it out.