Rather slow and homey are the country experiences of a young married couple from New York, Alice and Albert, who decide to buy an old house out of town. Vociferous objections of the animals on the newly acquired property- it is they who create the hubbub- changes to approval after Alice and Albert tie a warning bell around the neck of a narauding cat. While there are lots of animals pictured in the leafy, weedy or watery advantage points from which they watch the two ""city greenhorns"", neither the angry chipmunk nor the rked rabbit are depicted humorously enough to make a captivating relief, for children, against adult Alice and adult Albert's desires to get away from the city's noises. True, healthy, country-loving young couples are recognizable at an early age, it takes more than a book about these alone really to entertain at the read-aloud level. Tony Palazzo's drawings have a briskness about them that nicely characterizes the that coast field and strass, the vigor of the gardening, house repairing couple.