Another candidate for the Clarence Day mantle, and a better one than its predecessors. A glorification of the good old days in the story of Hudson West Shore boyhood (the district between Cornwall and Newburgh). The ingredients are various --cockfighting, skating, boating, pets, trading, racing, social events, fishing, hunting, auctions, fairs, neighbors, etc. and through it all ""my father"" keeping a finger on the pie, drinking with the minister, smart but sometimes out-smarted, sure of the superiority of his possessions, his place in the family. It is not all Hudson Valley. There's a trip to Texas, a stay in New York, with the thrill of the new Speedway and prizefighters. But the book is primarily a record of a section, of life in the upper brackets, of boy against parents.