I imagine this book will be just as good a hundred years from now as it was a hundred years ago. I plan to hang on to it, waiting for the time Shira can read English.
I would like to share my all-favorite quote from the book, about the Mother, who was a character I found very inspirational. In a quiet, gentle way, by setting a fine example, she molds her children's souls.
"Mother did not spend all her time in playing dull calls to dull ladies, and sitting all day waiting for dull ladies to pay calls to her. She was almost always there, ready to play with her children, and read to them, and help them do their home-lessons. Besides this she used to write stories for them while they were at school, and read them aloud after tea, and she always made up funny pieces of poetry for their birthdays and for other great occasions."
What a precious gift it is, for us and for everyone involved, to be there for our children.
You can read the book online here, but I'm sticking to my paper copy. It's so much more mobile and can be easily carried into the garden or to bed, which are my two favorite places for reading.