I am undecided in what I think of this book. I think the main "fault" I can find is in the arrangement. For example, whoever compiled the book did a very bad job separating the fiction (in the front) from the non-fiction (in the back). One "true story" in first person, if it really is true, indicates that Anne's name is actually Hetty Van Bergen! I don't think so. Another problem is that the fiction stories all have the same moral -- few people like being "preached to" in stories. The moral is always that people in nature are closer to God. However, there are good things to this book, too. Remember a child authored it, and if you remember that, you will see what a gifted writer she was for her age. Despite its shortcomings, I think that most people who have read her diary will also enjoy her book of shorts. I recommend trying to read it chronologically along with the diary to get its full effect.