This is outstanding among Spring juvenile titles. The Swiss background is singularly unhackneyed; the picture of life in the high mountains will appeal to all lovers of Heidi. The story is original and extremely well told, with enough repetitive value to balance the surprise elements. Some may question the suggestion implicit in the story -- that a child can wilfully discard the traditional, for not too worthy motives, and get away with it -- but what matter the moral if the tale is a good one. Uncle Emil was the name of the herdsman doll. The pet goose had destroyed him bit by bit; this is the story of his remaking. And into the story are woven many adventures of the children of the mountains.