A simple bouquet of stories on the sweet side takes the reader into the circle of a family that grew and grew, always lovingly. We first meet Mamma and Papa when they face the lean 1890's with fortitude, Mamma rousing Papa from despair with her pots of applesauce over which she prays for sugar to make applebutter for sale. It is always Mamma who comforts and pushes Papa on, she is a regular heroine. She has many moments, being proposed to by a wealthy rancher while she takes the train to Seattle to meet Papa, defending the helpless against the great railroad, facing the mighty and the proud in her new community. She even raises one child who refuses to fall for the blandishments of her charming sister, Mary, who once tried to take away Papa. Never having been introduced to vacations, our loving couple are traditional movers when they get the yen for new scenery, and we leave the family-- or they leave us -- in full flight to Oregon, a move abetted by sixteen year old Frances' unwanted and overbearing suitor. Here's a candidate for the wholesome family reading shelf. Some of the stories appeared in the SEP.