K-Gr 2 In this German import, Heuck demonstrates that rebuses can be used with great success. The story itself has an appealing child-like simplicity. A horse lives in the woods near an apple tree. After discovering that the apples have disappeared, he sets out to find the thief. Joined en route by a little bear, the two travel through a village to a seaport, where they board a ship and travel to a sunny land where an elephant and a parrot direct them to the crows who stole the apples. The vividly colored illustratons are done in a primitive style that is appropriate to the story. They show a European landscape with colorful autumnal forests, a village of half-timbered houses, and rich green fields. Unlike most rebus books, in this one, each rebus is slightly different from the others so that it adds visual interest to the page. A portion of the story can be used for counting, as the horse and bear meet a chimney sweep, two cows, three dogs, etc., as they travel. The book is a bit long to read to a group, but it can be used effectively for individual enjoyment and as an example of the use of rebuses. Through the artistry of her paintings, Heuck has shown that the rebus can be considerably more than a novelty. Jean Hammond Zimmerman, Willett School Library, South River, N.J.