I bought these for my daughter based on the cover, knowing she loved talking animal stories and magic/fantasy. She devoured the books in a week, so I read them too. The series is a wonderful journey three animals that become friends, the human companions they bond with, and the strength of friendship and courage in the face of adversity. For young readers that are not yet ready for Harry Potter, this is a wonderful place to start. I feel there is an educational value because ANY book that sparks a joy of reading in a child is educational. In addition, there is allegedly an animated film of the books in production!!!