This was one of my favorite books as a kid. The stories all seemed a little odd, in a fascinating way that drew me to re-read them. I figured out later that they'd been translated from French and they do have a French feel to them. But what makes this book such a stand-out for me is the amazing watercolors. As a teen, I tried to reproduce many of them. My one success was an illustration of a bee visiting a wild rose. I want my son to have a copy, but I couldn't bear to part with my own, so I found one for him on ebay.