A period piece by a writer who has a fine sense of the crinoline days and a gentle hand and eye for growing girls and their problems. The author of Sylvia Sings of Apples tells of orphaned Ruey, living with an aunt and uncle, earnest but humorless, and limited in the intuitive faculties. Then along comes the nicest grandmother in the world, and she makes a game of childhood problems as she sews the necessary ruffles on the too plain pantalettes. Dolls, circuses and nine and ten year old pains and pleasures are made real and warm. A good book to read aloud to third graders, but fourth graders should be able to read it to themselves.