A slight collection of childhood reminiscences which deal with German-descended Fred's days on ast Street in New York City, pre World War I. Here is the ordered routine of Grandpa's house; the comfortable below stairs society of cook and maids; the regimentation of the seasons, the preparation for winter, the hysterical uprooting for summers on Long Island; the protocol in regard to visiting relatives and friends. There are, as well as domestic matters, family affairs, the crisis when Uncle Max married a Repay, the problems of poor relations, the inheritance from another, the awaited death of still another, new arrivals on the block- an actress and a Latin American refugee, incidents in the lives of the household staff, etc. There is also an afternoon of playing hockey and later the promise of a trip to Europe. Evanescent episodes-- these have not the vitality of previous, similar books and rely, for their appeal, on the picture of German-American upper middle class life in a time gone by.