Walter Brooks captured some of the Hugh Lofting laurels when To and Again broke on the horizon. Since then he has proved something of a disappointment. But now comes The Story of Freginald which is as good and better than the first book. I read it aloud on Thanksgiving Day to a restless and somewhat captious small person of night. All signs of contrariness disappeared, and delighted chuckles greeted the story of the boar named Louise who skipped like a rabbit and made up poetry. The lisping elephant was a huge success. And the cocky rooster who imprisoned Leo and the newly christened Froginald in a barn until they agreed to go Confederate. But I think most of all she loved the elephant held prostrate with terror by the mouse. A fantastic animal story with delicious and original humor, good adventure and amusing pictures by Kurt Wiese. Excellent format, good type page for young readers, and a vocabulary gauged to their capacities.