Gr 1-5 A retelling of the ancient Greek myth about Midas, who had ass' earsa secret known only to his barber. This version brings the story forward into a court resembling 18th-Century France. This time, the king has horse's ears, although this version does not dwell on the reasons for such a curse. Thomson makes the tale into a love story, for the king's intended finds out about the odd headgear and loves the king all the same. Horse's ears become the ragethey are adopted as the courtly fad, and the king and now-queen live happily ever after. All of which points to the moral of the story, ``some secrets are better when they're shared.'' As suits a light-hearted social story, Small's caricaturish illustrations, in ink with watercolor highlights, are neither studiously precise nor overly simplified. There is enough detail to suggest the period of a sophisticated, courtly world and lots of silliness, such as a list of preparations for the wedding that begins, ``1. Invite 250,000 people. 2. Make dinner.'' A pleasant taradiddle, the story will delight. Although the moral is not necessarily didactically gratifying, it is enough of a punchline for such a slenderly-motivated story and a vignette of high humor. Ruth K. MacDonald, Perdue University Calumet, Hammond, Ind.