In several important aspects this is a very satisfying book. It is a credible and human family story of India's river dwellers, with characterizations that will give young Americans a sense of familiarity, of common interests and viewpoints, of a feeling of One World. The little Kashmiri boy, youngest in the family of hard-working but indulgent older sister, brother, and parents, is just such a real small boy as his American readers. He is a likable child and the family shines in the same warm glow; good background, an agreeable story, in which one may be captious in feeling that the Indian family depends too uncritically on the generosity of their master, the English Sahib, an attitude that seems somewhat out of key in today's unrest in India. Format -- illustrations in line by Margaret Ayer -- vocabulary all keyed to third and fourth grade readers ability and interest, and content has the appeal of the ever-popular Twin books (Perkins), with more authentic slant.