A collection of charming, very brief tales told in rhyming prose. The protagonists are familiar characters and objects from the child's everyday surroundings and from stories. Gellner's stories are full of good humor, warmth, and surprises-but the characters and objects also reveal some new traits here. Like children, they long to be independent. They act up, dress up, fall in love, act threatening, and make up the most improbable tales. Kornel Makuszynski Honorary Certificate, 1997.