The author is identified as a regular adapter of books for B.B.C.'s Children's Hour and all of the 25 stories from 20 different countries collected here have that nicely compact length which allows the reader or the storyteller to estimate the telling time. This sort of collection is chiefly valuable for the out-of-the-way places included rather than the more familiar entries like Germany, France and England. Africa, Australia, Ghana, Borneo, Rumania were some of the sources and New Zealand rendered up the story of Kahukura, a discovery story which tells of the origin of the fishing net. Borneo's Mousedeer and Tiger has the same sly sure comic appeal of small defeating big to be found in Spider and Rabbit stories. Rumania's Hundred Cherries repeats some of the ploys of The Little Tailor (or is it vice versa?) but it has all sorts of guile, gold and two dragons to boot. An interesting assortment of stories to be read or told aloud and not outside the reach of independent readers.