I just finished reading this as a read-aloud bedtime story for my kids. I loved this book as a child, and I was surprised to realize how dated it is. The story is fun, but I was shocked at the portrayal of Mrs. Popper, clearly a character from a different time when women were viewed very differently. I was also surprised at how unrealistic many parts of the story are, and it struck me that I never understood that when I read it as a child and took the story at face value. But my kids seemed to enjoy it just as much as I did when I was as young as they are.