This is as thorough a coverage of the problem of children's parties in all aspects as I know, a collection of helpful ideas for desperate adults, confronted with the necessity of giving a children's party and a paucity of ideas. The chief merit is that -- while the details demand time and attention to the job ahead of time, the materials are inexpensive and accessible, and the refreshments served, the games played, for the average budget. Table decorations are gay without being elaborate; caps for the children to wear, occasionally prizes for games, and table favors make up the costs. There's a section on party behavior (and not only for children). The kinds of parties include not only the routine of seasonal and holiday parties, but lots of original ones- Mother Goose parties, snowman's party. School Days party; Pirates, Indians, Merry go-round, and so on. Lists of appropriate games, and directions for playing, are an important phase of the book. The age span of the children is indicated, and there is special notation-active or quiet, outdoors or in. And it ends with dances for the somewhat older boys and girls.