The modern fairy tale of a Greek boy who believes ardently in Poseidon, God of the sea, is presented with conviction by the author of Little Toot, Bolivar (1961, p. 1006, J-322) and other strong titles. Each day Nikos sets out to sea, accompanied by his pet pelican Icarus, and each evening he returns with no fish, to be the eternal laughing stock of the successful fishermen. Poseidon first appears to the boy on an old vase which he hooks from the sea, and again (in actual form) when the boy is caught in a storm while on the way to fetch a doctor. Sun shines again as Nikos is rescued; he is rewarded doubly by his faith in Poseidon when his luck as a fisherman changes abruptly. The water color illustrations are pleasing, but fail to capture the mood of the story; they contribute no vitality to the brief, easy-moving tale.