I'd never read this before, it is a delightful book. Well worth reading for the young or the young at heart!
Its the story of a boy who moves to a new home, and when exploring finds an unique friend. If you know the story of the phoenix, then the end is a little obvious but well written.
I just didn't believe that any parents would be that accepting of things - LOL, but it wasn't THAT important to the story.
Also nice is that there is a short bit on the author and why he wrote the book, I always enjoy that.