**It made no difference to little Chaing that he was black, and woolly, and beautiful. What did make a difference was that though his mother and father were dogs, he didn't look in the least like a dog. In fact people kept saying that he looked just like a bear and so mournfully he decided that probably they were right. Chaing's adventure out into the forest in search of his own kind sends him sadly home with the philosophical conviction that he is merely a peculiar looking dog and must make the best of it. Funny, touching, and wise, this, peopled with a variety of beguiling animal folk and illustrated appealingly by Theresa Sherman, is rich both in story and theme.