With the fond affection and gentle humor one expects of Van de Water's rustic records, here is the story of his companions in the canine, equine and bovine world. There is Black Boy, Newfoundland harum scarum; three Scotties, Meg, Cricket (her problem child), and Wullie the charmer; the horses, Barney (a mistake they didn't keep), Bob, an oldster to whom they gave a home for his old age, and Nancy, playful filly; finally there is Molly, the Jersey to whom affection is grudgingly given. Illustrated by William Arthur Smith. All right of its kind -- nostalgic, friendly. But not up to A Home in the Country.