... But Pears would not fall./ Then Master ordered out his dog to bite the boy./ But Dog would not bite Boy, Boy would not gather Pears, Pears would not fall."" And so on until the Master finally sets in motion the acquisition of eight workers. This type of cumulative verse is always dependable with children, especially in groups, but it seems too little for a whole book. The woodcut illustrations are well done, but the visual repetition is less likely to appeal than the oral does. Eventually the line-up fills out the wide page spread, but at the beginning, there is an excessive amount of white space.