The same folk-like quality that pervaded The Phantom Reindeer in present in Olive Price's new story of a Brazilian peasant boy who earns the right to own the beloved donkey Poncho. For weeks Carlos bemoaned the fate of the enchanting little donkey which has been bought by the diamond miners in the Valley of Jewels. When an accident renders Poncho useless the owners offhandedly give him to Carlos who patiently nurses the animal back to health. But another catastrophe is in store. Poncho is stolen and Carlos is forced to track down each of his suspects in bloodhound fashion. With the recovery of Poncho, Carlos inadvertently solves the mystery of a serious mine theft and becomes the hero of the valley. Children who followed The Song of the Lop-Eared Mule (10 J-10) to its exciting finals and cavorted with (1006 J-322) through the pages of Hardie Gramatky's new book will understand why Carlos risks all for the sake of a donkey.