The seventeen verses have been authenticated and gathered by the famous folklorist and Billy bawls out his enthusiasm for the girl who could bake a cherry pie quick as a cat wink its eye, who could row a boat ashore without a paddle or an oar, etc. right up to the surprise ending. Both the illustrator and the verses keep the secret of Miss Mary Jane's age -- ""Three times six and four times seven, twenty-eight and eleven."" Both Billy and the young thing who could not leave her mother are shown in their mountain setting in attractively drawn poses which suggest how this juvenile favorite for acting can be handled and the sketched ink lines are filled with a pleasant combination of green and sepia tones. The tune is shown in musical notation at the end of a book that can be recited but begs to be sung.