Two city boys and their efforts to acquire and care for an old horse provides the theme for another fine story of wish fulfillment for beginning readers. Pinky and Bruce are motherless; their father is a hard-working cook. Their city life is livened by dreams of going to the country and supervised by nosy Mrs. Diggle who is always convinced they are getting into trouble. Then one day, on a rare country picnic, Bruce learns that Old Charlie, a horse that belonged to a camp he had attended, is to be sold for glue. His subsequent efforts to buy him and the surprise ending tie in with family and community relationships on a solid and venturesome basis.