The great old kind wise humorous benevolent clean-living high-minded self-made and above all lovable general practitioner makes his rounds again, this time through the eyes of a favorite grand-daughter, relentlessly referred to as ""the child"" throughout. The setting is rural New England in the 1920's, and, for fictional purposes, even the most general of practitioners must have some area of specialization; Grandpa's is 18th century history, particularly the life and times of Maria Teresa of Austria. Still, he has time for a lot of research into the lives of all of the country him. One wonders how, and one also wonders how they can get anything done as he watches over them, always ""hitting the nail on the head"" as they say around here. And again how the manages to avoid the poor farm, since he is never seen to a . There are also the good people who surround him; lots of solid country and ; and the book is actually a rambling, anecdotal sequence which reveals more affection for the place and the people than originality. Conservatives looking back on a time, forty years ago, when life was simpler and sweeter may enjoy it for its elements of nostalgic recognition.