Substantial family stories like Mary Lizzie, Oh, Sarah and Dogs in the Family have marked this author's record, but this one is the epitome of the humor and realism found in lesser quantities in the others. It depicts a tough situation with warmth and understanding and without the sentiment that could easily have crept in to spoil it. Gramp and Robert E have been eking out a fair existence in their cabin in the Southern mountains when Robert E's young, widowed mother comes to take them both away to the North where she has been working since her husband was killed during the war. It's a difficult change for everyone. Gramp and Robert E have known no other life than the mountains; Melinda adds looking after her father and son to her job. But laughter and a sense of adventure build sound human relations in successive episodes. Robert E learns that fighting and bluffing are not the only ways to get on in his new world. Gramp, after awkward attempts, learns to get used to ""new fangled ways"". And there are neighbors at home and at school to widen their horizons. Refreshing and different.