Just a glimpse of pheasants in the forest on an April afternoon was enough to start Mary Ashmore on a series of adventures in the cars and feeding of baby pheasants. First there was her father's opposition to be overcome. Mary ordered pheasant eggs by mail and slipped them under one of the hens to batch, without telling her parents. After some of the eggs successfully hatched, Mary nearly lost her chicks to a predatory fox. But with the alarm sounded by Petey, a bantam rooster, Mary's chicks survived. Mary Stevens, who illustrated Janic and The Night of the Hurricane, other books by Elizabeth Ladd, has extended the appeal of the story with her clear clean drawings of Mary, a little outdoor girl, at home in the barnyard. Large type and easy reading. Good for the slow reader who is involved with raising pets, as well as for the competent reader.