This book has three really great stories in it and is a favorite for a bedtime story with both my 6 year old boy and 4 year old girl. I like reading the stories as well, I think they are well told and are good stories to seep into the minds of youngsters.
The writing style is spare and evocative, almost every line is striking. I don't know who translated these into English for Cornelia Funke, or if she did it herself (her first language is German), but I think these are miles better than her young adult fiction which can be clunky sometimes.
Anyway, timeless stories about love and bravery, good for any girl or boy.