Right up to the minute, this story of two farm boys and their share in the army manoeuvers which took place over territory familiar to them every day of their lives. Bob was 12 and Chuck 11 -- and Bob had a special value to the ""army"" in the home territory because he knew how to play a bugle and could even teach the substitute bugler not to murder the few necessary calls of the daily routine. But it was the ""Missouri Canary"", the musical mule, that turned the tide of ""battle"". Entertaining and original story, which ten and eleven year olds will adore. Occasional smart aleckiness on the part of Mr. Stong which may annoy adults, will pass over their heads. Kurt Wiese pictures. Companion volume in format to Honk the Moose.