The realities of kitemanship in India add interest to a slight story. Ramu is eight, this is his first; his father demonstrates how to string it, how to fly it; when he is ready he ties on the maja, the glass-coated string, and joins the other boys. He is wary, alert: this is a deadly game. Once he attacks and cuts off another's string; then he is lax and loses his own kite. But his bitterness is assauged by a dream; the next day he will buy another. Expressive drawings by the Indian author-illustrator catch the pride and sense of loss, but the book's chief attribute is authenticity.