Well, this book is definately unique and charming in its simplicity of plot yet depth of language. I have never read Anne McCaffrey before but I thought this was wonderful of her to write for her granddaughter, whom I'm sure will love it once she is 12+ years of age and has a handy dictionary! ha, I had to check more than a few words during the course of this book, and I thought that gave a certain grown up quality to a children's fairy tale. This is a short story, less than 100 pages, yet the characters have depth, if limited, and is steeped in maigic, that probably would have been more fun if explored further than what it was in this book. Overall this is a nice, light and short read that was very lovely, made all the more so with the illustrations around each page that basically fit in with the plot. Check it out.