This is a book for children that came out in 1922. It describes the culture in which our grandparents grew up, a time our political parties like to invoke as the essence of American, but a time which is long past. Basically, it is a number of little stories about the life of a small boy growing up on a farm. Although I gave it 4 stars, one should take that rating in context. This is not Dickens or Willa Cather by any stretch of the imagination. But as a book for children, which gives them a flavor of the past and which evokes many cultural references still common today, it is quite good. Helen Fuller Orton was one of my favorite authors back in third grade. Her writing is simple and clear.