Crisp black-and-white drawings, limp boy-earns-pet story set on the same Amish farm as Benfy's Luck (1967). Eight-year-old Benjy is entrusted with Slim's pet fox Goldie when the migratory hired hand goes south for the winter. Boy cares for fox through Christmas, snows and spring, worries when the animal disappears, sighs with relief when Goldie returns. Not so when Slim returns: Benjy suspects he'll have to relinquish his favorite but the man says his good care has earned him equal ownership. This is as much tract (customs, dialect) as story, making a wordy sentimentalized text which is no match for the striking illustrations.