A clever variant on the time-honored advice ""Don't put beans up your noses!"" Tom's Dad tells him not to stick his head between the bars of an iron railing, demonstrates what he means--and gets stuck himself. Passers-by in ascending numbers, one to ten, try to get him out: a lady with butter, two men who try to bend the rails, four joggers who lift him to find a better angle, nine policemen who take notes--but it takes ten firemen (and their jack) to get him out. Whereupon Tom sticks his head through the bars to show the firemen how it all happened. . . The deftly drawn, colorful illustrations of the growing crowd of helpers and onlookers add to the humor of this satisfying, cautionary counting-book.