Keeping up the excellent standards he set for himself as a documentary producer with his first picture books Cesare of Italy and of Spain, here is another story about a Dutch boy living and growing today. In the certain segment of his life presented to us, we learn about foreign ways from their most interesting angle, the personal one. Over the three year period of this story, Jan grows from a boy of eight to a young man of eleven with firm ambitions to be a farmer. Coming as he does from a fishing family of Urk in Lissel Lake (formerly the Zuider Zee) the break away from the sea as a way of life temporarily earns him the disapproval of his neighbors. But Jan and his decision to be a landsman form an excellent point of departure not only for a tour of the daily rounds of Dutch village life but for an explanation of Holland itself as a land whose struggle against the sea produced such marvels as the dikes across IJssel Lake and the Zealand peninsulas and the reclaiming of polders from the sea to make new homes for future farmers. Technical, social and personal detail are combined to make an absorbing narrative. Illustrated with Mr. Buckley's photographs it is the nearest thing between hard covers to a fine documentary movie.