By format, by illustrator's name, this may seem at first glance like a picture story book, but by the Flesch reading formula, it's an easy reader. It's a good one, too. In simple, repetitive, but not monotonous words, it tells the story of a small Indian boy sho shares the bargaining compulsion of the wood rats of the Papago Desert, where he lives. His family called him ""Put-it Pick it"" because, sent to deliver something he Would always put it down and pick up something else that appealed to him more. His mother, father and grandfather combine to help him over-come this and he does, with an imaginative assist from nature. The illustrations are colored in warm desert tones Which are never allowed to become too heavy and show a most appealing Indian family.