For her first book, Mrs. Weiss who teaches fifth grade children in Brooklyn, has written make-believe animal stories, some of which are exceedingly funny and all of which have their comment on humanity. It is her unforced turn of phrase that stimulates reading from the start- where Myrtie the Turtle is being insulted by the Magpie twins for having such big feet. Later in swimming, Myrtle gets back at them. In the next tale Professor Pickerell teaches his school of fish caution and jet propulsion to escape being caught. In the third, two brainy police dogs discover a C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K has been stealing their bones. And so on.