One of the best family stories I've read for some time. A patient father, left with two motherless children, is victimized by a sister who rules with a rod of iron, and shows no respect for his urge to write. When she goes away on a holiday, he and the children move out of the big house, keep casual house in ""the little house"" and team up with some carefree, happy neighbors. A gay account of the summer -- and the happy ending. A good tale -- good characterization.