A particularly moving and stirring story of seven-year-old Robin Wake, a true and brave hero, General of a most able army of toy soldiers. The book has a heart-breaking quality for an adult reader for Robin takes his great defents and victories with such amazing courage and strength of character. Living in a poor neighborhood of what may be Detroit with his hard-working and loving parents, the boy has no earth in which to manoeuvre nor playmates to understand. His whole world is in his army, in whose country his mother and father are President and Vice-President. One heavenly month on lake-front land in a tiny house gives him the joy of space for his soldiers. During the next winter of family tragedy, of sickness and unemployment, Mr. and Mrs. Wake decide to move to their small country property come what may. When illness next hits the mother, the father has to sell his west field to a neighbor, a crotchety retired General. When his grand-sons arrive with an enormous and superb army of toy soldiers, the battle is on with poor lonely Robin. He not only has to fight off a numerically superior army, but struggle against the mean contempt of his neighbors. How he finally wins through to friendship and victory makes an absorbing, poignant story.