Slim Runner is a little Navajo boy on a Southwestern reservation whose life follows the ancient pattern of his people. When Slim Runner became ill, Mother was sure the Blessingway ceremony would cure him. But she was disappointed. Slim Runner was sent to a hospital where the doctors diagnosed his illness as tuberculosis. The boy found great joy during his recuperation with paper, crayons and pencils. So when he was well he brought back pictures to his people. And Ketoh, Slim Runner's silversmith uncle, found a special place for the boy as an apprentice. Patricia Boodell's black and white drawings are sympathetic portrayals while the easy-reading narration suggests the pattern of daily life among the Indians today.