I read this book aloud to my 8 year old daughter over a number of days. We were both captivated by the storyline and at the end my daughter said she wished the book could go on forever! I can honestly say it is one of the best childrens books I have ever read and highly recommend it (so does my daughter). One word of warning - the book includes the death of a child, more sensitive children will find this upsetting. That said the book is one of the most rewarding books I (and my daughter) have ever read. In recognition of that I was inspired to write my first ever Amazon review! We will remember and treasure this book always.