A perceptive friendly little story without much plot, but with plenty of interest for children still on the imaginative brink and a bit scornful of their matter of fact elders. Pugsy is the central character, though her beginning-to-put-on-airs- older sister, and Amanda's chum, Rosemary, Eddie who was more interested in nature than in playmates, Dickie who lived in a dream work with a dream playmate, but let Pugsy take care of him, and a very normal crowd of youngsters make up a cast. Peppermint Castle was an empty house, long unoccupied and pleasantly mysterious; the Pond was not so big but a favorite playground for the village children, and the pasture held one horse which Rosemary dreamed of riding. Then newcomers moved in- and after a bit took the village to their hearts, and Peppermint Pond continued to be common ground. Various incidents, pleasantly told make enough doing to hold the interest of second and third year readers.