This is an illustrated collection of old ballads, that were originally told by minstrels and passed down the generations. The minstrels disappeared, but the stories they had sung were remembered by old country folk who remembered them from childhood.
Kashtanka the dog sets off for a walk with her master, Luka Aleksandrich. A jolly band of soldiers came marching down the street; the music terrifies the dog, who runs away in panic and gets lost in an unknown part of town. A stranger finds Kashtanka and takes her in.
Mrs Easter is outwardly a very respectable Kensington lady in a neat blue suit with immaculate hair. Despite the respectable veneer she enjoys fantastic adventures.
"What! Lost your parents, have you?" said the lady catching hold of Tim by the hand. "Then you must come with me to the home for lost children!"
"No, no" said Tim, "I don't want to go."
Tim arrives home after a long holiday to discover his parents have vanished. He's determined to search the whole wide world until he has found them .