This was the book we read for most of the time we were in VT. The kids loved it. They also loved going to sleep on the sleeping porch. As a kid I enjoyed it too- laying awake listenting to the lake lapping against the rocky shore, the rumble of a train on the New York side, and the wind through the trees. Once I heard the "click-click" of a deer's hooves on the rocks down at the shore. I liked putting my kids to bed on the sleeping porch as it was very nostalgic for me.