The author of a variety of stories for different age groups, some based on real happenings, Miriam Mason writes here a tale for the early grades. During its course, its heroe, Benjamin Apple, becomes a first grade pupil at Pepperhash School and then a second grader. Although he was anxious to enter school in the beginning, difficulties with teachers arise and prompt Benjamin to run away and fall into a pit. He is rescued by Philip Martin, new preacher for the community. At last, when Miss Melinda comes to teach, Benjamin finds he is able to do things for her the right way. So does Philip and there's a romance to end the story too. Written in a jaunty manner and suggestive of eastern state countryside wit and wisdom.