I absolutely love this book...I love it so much that I went searching for the movie so I can share the story with my kids.
When I was a kid, I saw the movie long before I ever read the book...I am shocked at how accurate the movie is! Most of the time, movies like to spice things up and make things more interesting (and they did do that in a few places) but for the most part, they follow the book just about word for word.
Sigh...I read this for a group I am in but I am really glad I own the book now. Now, I can re-read it over and over and over again...and it has me thinking about all of the other old classics that I haven't read in a long time.