There is a more or less exploded theory that books about snakes have a hurdle to take. Youngsters have devoured the Ditmars' books with avidity -- disproving the idea pretty conclusively. And here is a book to start them off on the right foot, for Amanda is a kind-hearted polka dot snake, who befriends all the jungle folk and was particularly beloved by Sir Archibald, the monkey. This is the story of their adventures in search of the blue lake where breadfruit grew buttered. Nonsense tale, with tropically gay splashy illustrations -- on every page. Jacket blurb in versel.