Not as patterned as the others this account of a newsman's trip through Western Germany with his two youngsters adds a refreshing note of realism to the series. A heightened sense of human feeling, a good ear for dialogue (with liberal use of simple German phrases) and straightforward explanations of the bad along with the good in a war-torn country, are points to be noted. Ginger 11, Jim 13, and Mr. Kenneth Watkins, on a Rockefeller grant to study social conditions, are the chief characters. Their lively interests in the surroundings on a summer tour from Hamburg to the Alps lead them to warm friendships, to note the deeper German traits, historical ironies, the ""invisible"" Iron Curtain, and to delight in Germany's color and rich artistic traditions. A sense of suspense too, adds to a book that appears to have been written as it was lived.