When Shirley Temple got too big to go thudding around in tap shoes she made a few movies that shared the same stock figures and situations to be found in this book. She was a good/bad girl whose besetting sin was thoughtlessness over which she oozed compunction in dialogue that began, ""Truly, truly ..."" and she was always sneaking off to visit some questionable character of whom the family disapproved until a pretty tantrum produced a crisis which brought everyone together. It's all here, right down to the ""truly, truly."" Together with her secret friend, Kate taught her horse Tawny to rear and come down on a stick on command. The family had an old grudge against this Mrs. Boulanger, a gypsy concert violinist rusticating in North Carolina. Kate rode off a tantrum on Tawny who promptly came down with galloping pneumonia because she failed to rub him down afterward. Because this was the second time her neglect had brought the horse to the glue factory door, Kate's father said it must be sold. But Tawny's trick was displayed when a venomous snake slithered toward Kate's baby sister. Up Tawny! Bye snake! Down ""For Sale"" sign! Good old Mrs. Boulanger! Mother, Father and three daughters go back to an unbelievably good relationship and Tawny goes back to the barn. Three escape formulas in a feed bag.