A pleasant story of William Strong of Vancouver who goes on a summer visit to his grandparents' farm in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Indifferent as to background but an appealing story, with enough scarey stuff to be fun. As ""Wild West Bill"" William defeats a pher, a muskrat and a porcupine; he is almost defeated by a skunk but saves his pride when he rides the big farm horses home to escape the coyotes. The youngest uncle who makes him a peeled poplar water gun will be a popular character with small readers. Good length for rainy day read aloud to first and second gradors; contest and vocabulary all right for third and fourth grade reading.