The Dala horses are carefully carved out of wood according to a traditional design, and are distinctive to Dalama, Sweden. One of their characteristics is the tail -- a little swirl of enamel paint. Pims, however, was dissatisfied with his tail, he wanted one that could be swished. Hobbing off in his search for a better tail. Pims ran into some unpleasant adventures. He had joints put on his legs to help him walk, but they were uncomfortable and get rusted in the rain. A sign painter decorated him with polka dots which were mistaken for measles, and then his whole coat of paint was scrubbed off. Eventually he landed up in a side show, but was stolen by a little boy who gave him to a toy mender. With a great deal of care Pims was restored and rewarded with a thread tail. There are some inconsistencies to this story, for instance -- Pim's ability to converse is sometimes taken for granted, sometimes totally unexpected. It is, however, a pleasant fantasy with an unusual hero.