In a companion to Stories from Our House (1987), three more wonderfully chid-like vignettes, each with its satisyfing twist, about three kids and their dog. ""The Catching Tree"" captures a kite, a ball, a toy plane--and finally Mum, whose ladder escapes when she tries to retrieve the others. On a day when ""We are really, really bored,"" a beetle Finally sparks play so imaginative that the kids can't tear themselves away ""'Cause we are really, really. . .busy."" And a neighbor's newly painted fence proves irresistible--with results that are especially heartwarming in Vivas' tender, comical illustrations. Vivas continues to be a treasure; she pictures these lively, sturdy children with wit, understanding, and a notable sense of design. An excellent choice, either as picture book or as an easy young reader.