Popular folklorist Schwartz has just the right touch for this perennially popular topic: a cheerful, isn't-it-fun-to-suppose air, with a sensible postscript pointing out that predictions are not only fun (if not taken too seriously) but also "". . .start us thinking about the many possibilities that lie ahead for us."" In surveying the many methods used to foretell the future, he ranges over more than a dozen topics--from tea leaves and cootie catchers to crystal balls and astrology. There's an alphabet of omens and another of dreams, signs of death and jingles to identify a beloved, and plenty of directions in case young readers would like to take their turn at prophecy. In his usual scholarly fashion, he includes an index, notes, sources, and a bibliography that stars books of interest to young people. The only problem with this one will be keeping it on the shelf.