I read this book and loved it. I loved how animals could talk and be like humans. What really confused me was why someone would write a book with animals talking. I was confused because I had been taught that anthropomorphism was bad and that people who did so were mentally ill. Interesting what children learn from teachers in the Midwest of USA in the early 80s, yes? I still loved this story and I believe it started me on the road of fantasy and opening my mind to possibilities.