Someone has pegged this book under children's books 4-8. I would not consider this book for children so young. The audience of this book is not geared towards children but towards older children and adults. It tells the story of one man who made a difference in his small town by being a scoutmaster for 40 years. It is superbly written in a sometimes retrospective angle which at times does make you wonder where you are. It has some enjoyable black and white drawings. One interesting thing is the dedication: To Murray McMurray. Murray McMurray is the one who started the McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa, a very famous place for poultry aficianados. McMurray was also a scout leader, most possibly MacKinlay Kantor's scoutleader.
For fans of the film starring Fred MacMurray, you will find definite differences between the movie and the book. Some things in the movie were only suggestions in the book, but the main theme of one person making a difference is still strong.