This is for those who like Donald Culross Peattie, and for those who think they are going to like him and then find him a little too abstruse. A beautiful book, simple, filled with elemental truths. There's a hurdle to take, for the material is in the form of essays, and booksellers seem to assume that these are hard to sell. But in the course of these sketches of earthworms, butterflies, skunks, oysters, snakes, bats, rats and birds there is a tremendous amount of information on their life histories, beautifully written, with exquisite rhythmic prose. At the close, the author links men and nature closely, and stresses the need of man's spirit for some faith. The book is enchanting reading and it has a deep spiritual quality as well. Devoe is a naturalist first (he does the column in the American Mercury); he is a philosopher as well.