THE MIDDLE YEARS
by Maude Crowley. This is a variation on a popular theme — the little boy who can talk to animals — and we found it both superior to the general run and unusual. It is written in an intimate, rhythmic style exactly suited to its subject matter, and the plot, which deals with the triumph of the dreamy six-year-old over his matter-of-fact older brothers, provides the most satisfactory of happy endings. It is a pity the author couldn’t have given it a more provocative title.