Books: A Kind of Kansas

THE LEARNING TREE by Gordon Parks. 303 pages. Harper & Row. $4.95.

"Good gracious me," exclaims Momma Winger. "What won't that onery boy do next!" With this kind of talk it is not very surprising that Momma Winger's sprouting twelve-year-old son Newt turns out to be a high-spirited youth who would rather poke curiously into an anthill than do the family chores. Predictably, too, Newt is a bright lad, and getting on for a strong one. He is chosen to give the speech at his graduation. Put in late in a basketball game, he emerges as a high scorer. He defeats the...

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