Living for many years in the Grecian district of Athos has resulted in the author's absorption of its customs and her astute rendition of a series of its folktales. A strange land, Athos is known for its self government, its monasteries and a segment of people returned to their own land from Turkey by the League of Nations after World War I. Christophilos was one of these, a goatherd boy who lived with his mother and grandmother. Separately, through incidents like Christophilos' rescue of a monk, his care of a baby pig, or aiding his grandmother to remove a curse- the stories are charming single anecdotes. Collectively they are a testament of a people often discouraged but never forlorn. A native, Panos Chikos, has done impressionistic black and whites, perhaps more adult in appeal. Of definite value.