A thoroughly engaging novel of childhood with none of the over-analytical, over-sensitive backward glance one usually associates with adult pictures of children. Here are the Colwells (8, 9 and 10 year olds), having a glorious year with their adored father, in Olympia, Washington. He is their guiding force, a quiet, shy man with fine principles and a gift for making the children take their part in household routine, with spontaneity and humor. Little things assume magnitude in their lives, -- rivalry with the neighbors, on the street and in school, a small deceit here and there, small shames and triumphs. All the cruelty, temptations, loyalty and love of these children are recaptured with grace and casual candor. A charming book, which should not fall into the oblivion too often the portion of novels of childhood.