A pleasant recall of boyhood days at the turn of the century in the Old Colony town of Bradford, Mass. is peppered with the personality of an unconventional grandma. An enemy of the Demon Rum, and its brother tobacco, believer in the omnipotence of the peanut in the culinary art, devout celebrator of Independence Day, Grandma kept her two mischievous grandsons on their toes. The Leavitt boys joined in the main street, back yard life of the town with gusto, partaking in the ""associational ventures"" from skunk hunting to idol worship of the fire engines. All the artifacts of another era from May baskets to marbles parade before the reader as small town life steps by. The burning of Beal's Block; encounters over the candy counter; a school-housed skunk; the strange and touching heroism of an old doctor- a drug addict; the ""help""; parades, church suppers, and the lot comprise a tale in which humor and color outstrip nostalgia.