etsuko who lives in Tokyo is 12; her father is a printmaker and she hopes to be an artist although her mother says ""she will go as far as the kitchen and no arther"". She is willing but forgetful, as she does many chores. During the time spent with her here, not too much happens- her father gets a wonderful commission, her widowed aunt receives a proposal which should make her happier than it does, and Setsuko's talent is recognized and her hopes confirmed. But there are many graceful scenes and nice details of places, shops, school, food and flowers, etc. o that the story, while low-keyed, is never dull. The illustrations (unseen) are the author and if one is to judge by the jacket, Setsuko would have done better.