Without a doubt, my favorite childhood books are the Moomins series by Tove Jansson. For me, they aren't just stories. They represent a way of life, a way of treating others, a way of respecting nature, a set of values that I strive to emulate each day. The Moomins live a simple, quiet life that is at the same time filled with adventure and bursting with joy. They are content in the simple act of being, and find happiness in their family, friends, and by being open and receptive to the beauty and splendor that is all around us.