Not realizing this was illustrated by Gwen Millward (The Bog Baby). I wasn't expecting a great deal. The text is sweet and simple and nicely suited to reading aloud to preschoolers and early elementary students. But the illustrations are just to die for. So sweet, so cute, so wonderful. I just love the style so, so, so much. My precocious nine year old and I were not at all ashamed to tuck in and just enjoy the sweetness of it all!