Over the moorland of Westphalia, Germany, roam hundreds of wild horses. Jan is only a little boy and the grown-ups tend to underestimate the depth of love he feels for these animals. But there is one grown-up, Natz, a tippling old farm hand, who understands Jan and who with his imaginary friend, the Knipperdolling, saves an injured pony from death whom he then presents to Jan as his very own pet. Illustrated with bright drawings by Horst Lemke and translated from the German by Emile Capouvya, Jan's story is appealing both in the unusual setting it presents and in its sympathetic treatment of a child's love for an animal. A pleasant, though not distinguished story.