Continuing in the fine tradition of her previous story books, Rose Dobbs now retells 20 stories about people and animals, ""wise and foolish"". She draws on numerous and varied sources to bring forth an imaginative compendium that will amuse and entertain as well as instruct listening youngsters. Aesop's Fables and the Talmud provide sources for two of these tales, but other unique sources are outlined in Miss Dobb's lucid introduction. The Magic Fiddle, for instance, was the creative outcome of the author's visit to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this year where a pantomine entitled Veslefrikk was direct inspiration for this story. Beautifully told, these stories are ones to keep and re-read time and again.